Day in history for March 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A large fish was caught in the river at Moline, which, it is said, appeased the appetites of a large number of hungry mouths.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The law concerning the closing of saloons on election day was never more generally repected than it has been today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Candidates for the Rock Island baseball team had their first workout at the Island City Park this afternoon with Manager Louis Cook in charge. Six recruits were on hand. More are expected next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The social triangle portrayed in 'The Animal Kingdom,' current attraction at the Fort Theater, involves Ann Harding as the other woman, Leslie Howard as the husband and Myrna Loy as the wife who wrongs her husband.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The first excavation for the auditorium to adjoin the Augustana Fine Arts Building is scheduled for tomorrow, but today the work actually began with the setting of the stakes.

1983 -- 25 years ago
In 1979 Dennis Hitchcock, owner of Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, was one of the founders of the National Dinner Theater Association. This week, for the first time, that organization's auditions were held in Rock Island. Producers and casting directors were in town from 14 different states, representing 19 dinner theaters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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