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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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