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: 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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