Day in history for January 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Our carrier desires to express his thanks to the friends of this establishment who contributed to swell his finances on the presentation of his New Year's Day address.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The January term of court opened, but due to the absence of Judge Pleasants, the circuit court did not convene and the grand jurors were dismissed for the day.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Jennie A. Johnston was installed as worthy matron of the Rock Island chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School cagers started the new year in miserable fashion last night, bowing to a stronger Canton quintet, 33 to 8. The Rocks' only field goal was made by Gilluly.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A total of 1,336 persons entered the armed services through Quad-City draft boards and recruiting offices in 1956, a number matching almost exactly the 1,300 sent the previous year.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Despite a hefty $2 million price tag, the Illinois Department of Tourism believes its new traveler center and scenic outlook near Rapids City was worth the investment. The center, built on Interstate 80 and Illinois 84, is one of only four in the state, and the only one that remains open all year. The center offers travel and tourism information for the entire state.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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