Day in history for March 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The great number of wagons in town last Saturday made business look extremely lively during the day.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The mid-week meetings at the Methodist Church are increasing in interest and will be continued each Wednesday evening.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The boat club organized at a meeting last week was permanently formed at a well-attended session at the Rock Island Public Library last evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Robert P. Gilloley, Rock Island, was elected exalted ruler of the Rock Island Elks Lodge. He will succeed Elmore A. Gripp. Other officers named were William H. Voss, esteemed leading knight, and Frank M. Brown, lecturing knight.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A probable sellout crowd was forecast for tonight's Rock Island-Moline regional championship basketball game at Wharton Fieldhouse. Only a small supply of general admission tickets remained shortly before noon at Rock Island High School, while available tickets were also being gobbled up at Temple's in Moline.

1983 -- 25 years ago
C.F. Bracke, a founder of the Moline architectural firm Bracke, Hayes And Miller, has announced his retirement. Bracke, of Moline, was a founder of the firm in 1961. Partners Francis Hayes and Gerald Miller will continue to operate the frim under the same name.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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