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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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