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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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