Day in history for January 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Coal Valley Mining Co. has again reduced the price of coal. They are now selling it at eight cents a bushel or $2 a ton. Delivery costs 25 cents more per ton.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Central Presbyterian Church was crowded Sunday on the occasion of the regular monthly song service. It became necessary to place chairs in the aisles to accommodate the crowd.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A fitting climax for a happy holiday social season was the dancing party given at the Harper House by Mr. and Mrs. B.O. Hartz.

1933 -- 75 years ago
About 800 persons attended the open house program and reception yesterday at the Rock Island YMCA in honor of Clinton C. Lane, new secretary, and Mrs. Lane.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Clearing of snow in Rock Island's loop was under way following yesterday's 6 inch accumulation. It was the first opportunity to use the new self-propelled snow loader acquired this past fall by the Rock Island Centennial Bridge Commission and made available for city use.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Council, in a one minute meeting, approved more than $3 million in industrial revenue development bonds that may lead to more than 100 new part- and full-time jobs. The first phase of the three-phase project will include offices and a shopping center.

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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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