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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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