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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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