Day in history for January 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
C.B. Knox, city undertaker, reported today 122 deaths in Rock Island during 1856. The highest month was August when 20 died. This gives an indication of the health of our city. That there should be only 122 deaths among a population of 10,000 would scarcely have been believed.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Mascotte Dancing Club gave a party at Hillier's Hall which was a successful affair.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Barney Oldfield, famous auto racer, opened negotiations today with Tri-City promoters for an appearance here.

1932 -- 75 years ago
A 500-gallon still, 2,000 gallons of mash and 140 gallons of hooch were seized in a raid last night at a camp located on the Rock River at the foot of 42nd Ave., Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Junior center Don Nelson was the big scoring punch for Rock Island in the Rocks cage victory over Clinton Saturday night. The 6-5 pivot man scored 24 points to set the pace in the 69-61 affair.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The economic woes that lashed the Quad-Cities last year failed to dampen the Christmas spirit of generous area residents who pushed the 1981 Good Fellow Fund drive to $17,683.08, the highest in its 69-year history. The fund is sponsored by The Daily Dispatch, with help from the Junior Service League.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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