Day in history for January 3, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Can Rose Clark be equal to Ruth Hall? Is it possible that Fanny Fern could have written another book as good as her last work? The book now is on sale in Rock Island stores.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The ferry was reported as having great difficulty in crossing the river because of floating ice yesterday.

1907 -- 100 years ago
New Year's resolutions failed to affect the liquor business, Rock Island saloon keepers reported.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The fourth annual contest of young artists sponsored by the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra Assn. will be held Jan. 30, John W. Casto, Rock Island, chairman of the contest committee, announced yesterday.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A portable typewriter, clothing and jewelry, valued in excess of $200, represent a partial list of items reported taken in a burglary during the Christmas holiday at West Hall, a girls dormitory of Augustana College at 731 35th St., Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Jane Johnson of Moline enlisted in the Air Force and expected to have a normal stint. Instead, she ended up in an entertainment troupe. The troupe does a Las Vegas style revue show. They travel all over the country and play officers' clubs and non-commissioned officers' clubs. The purpose is to raise morale and to aid in recruitment.

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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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