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: 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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