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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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