Day in history for January 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Odd Fellows of Rock Island are making preparations for a ball and other entertainment tomorrow night.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Secretary of War today gave permission to the Davenport, Rock Island and Moline street car company to construct a double-track railway on the government bridge between Davenport and Rock Island.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Revival meetings at Memorial Christian Church continue to show a good deal of interest.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Kirk Journy, 1700 26th St., Rock Island, was appointed managing secretary of the Quad-City Association of Milk Dealers to succeed E. Gilbert Kolls of Rock Island yesterday afternoon at a meeting of the board of directors.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The barking of her dog was credited today with saving the life of Mrs. Henry Bender whose house on U.S. 6 about three miles east of Quad-City Airport was gutted by fire this morning. The dog, Spike, a large hunting dog, jumped on Mrs. Bender's bed, and she and the dog fled as the blaze leaped out of control.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Parents of United Township High School students may be able to ask that their children stay on campus during lunch hours next year. That's one of the alternatives the school board is considering to its 12-year-old open campus lunch policy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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