Day in history for January 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
At 6 yesterday morning the mercury was 22 below zero. The past week has been one of unusual severity with the mercury at near zero most of the time.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Simon And Mosenfelder will soon have an electric light in their clothing establishment.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The contract for carrying the mail from the depots to the Rock Island Post Office was awarded to Cornelius Buckley whose bid for the work was $2,500.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Carl H. Sundgren, senior student at Augustana Theological Seminary, last night was extended a unanimous call to the pastorate of the First Lutheran Church of Rock Island at the 61st annual meeting of the congregation.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police officials continued their roundup of the largest group of teenage shoplifters in the city's history today, the total number of offenders reaching 33, including 19 girls and 14 boys.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials will ask the federal government for $300,000 to help a Clinton, Iowa firm revive a 69-year-old Rock River power plant and turn it into a local electricity producer. Mitchell White, president of White Hydropower Co., said the Sears plant at the foot of 11th Street could renew generating operations it ceased in 1967 perhaps by late 1983.

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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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