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: 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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