Day in history for March 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
There are certain persons about who depend altogether upon the coal purchased by others for a supply of fuel. These thieves will be closely watched in future.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The train coming from Chicago, due yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, arrived in Rock Island 20 hours late.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The county board of supervisors will allow no more bills for at least a year. The funds for 1908 have been exhausted.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Johnny Baltzer of Rock Island, who won the flyweight championship of the Quad-Cities four times in Golden Gloves tournaments at Davenport, became the champion of the Chicago area last night by defeating Leonard Cohen of Trafton's Chicago gym in the finals of the tournament of champions.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-one Rock Island High School seniors have qualified as semi-finalists in their try for a share of $500,000 in college scholarships being offered for the first time this year by the State Scholarship Commission.

1983 -- 25 years ago
'It's All About Remembering' will be this year's theme for the 13th annual Colona-Green Rock Community Memorial Day Parade to be held Sunday, May 29, starting at 2 p.m. The theme was chosen from third and fourth graders from the Colona Grade School.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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