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: 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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