Day in history for January 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
It is reported that the ladies of St. James Church are planning to hold a fair, not a festival or supper but a fair, which will be something new.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Legal papers were obtained this morning to eject the tenant of the house lately bought by the county for a pest house.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Paul M. Pearson, editor and publisher of the magazine 'Talent,' spoke at Augustana College last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Gen. Lytle Brown, chief of Army Engineers, today recommended completion of the nine-foot channel project.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Robert W. Westbook, past president of the Moline Junior Association of Commerce, last night received the U.S. Jaycee distinguished service award as Moline's outstanding young man of 1956 at the organization's 25th anniversary dinner in the LeClaire Hotel. Charles Shearer, national vice president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, was guest speaker.

1982 -- 25 years ago
University of Pittsburgh English professor William E. Coles, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at Black Hawk College's sixth annual writing articulation conference to be held Feb. 19. Coles has taught for 30 years at several universities and has written articles on teaching composition and four books on teaching writing.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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