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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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