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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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