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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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