Day in history for March 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Snow fell last night, but not enough for sleighing. The wind caused it to drift to some extent.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Board of Supervisors today voted to appropriate $150 as relief to the poor.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Circuit Clerk George W. Gamble left today for Aurora where he will attend the annual Erickson Day banquet of the Swedish American Republican Club.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Civic Music Association climaxed its second season last night with the presentation of the whimsical one-act opera 'The Secret of Suzanne' before an audience of nearly 1,500 persons at the Orpheum Theater in Davenport.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mayor Warren c. Yerger of Rock Island indicated today he sees no serious trouble ahead in obtaining the extension which will give the city until July 1, 1960, to start the proposed $9 million expressway approach project for the Centennial Bridge.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. Chairman Robert A. Hanson will speak at the 34th annual dinner meeting of the Associated Employers of the Quad-Cities at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at the Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport. Hanson will discuss his views on the state of the economy in 1983 and how managers can use employees more effectively in the future.

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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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