Day in history for January 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Friday morning the alarm of fire was given. It was soon ascertained to be in Davenport. It was a block of buildings on Third Street containing seven tenements, four of which were consumed.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Teachers are sending notices to parents to the effect that unless each child takes a vaccination certificate to school this week such child will be excluded from school privileges.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The first substantial snowfall this year occurred last night and the ground for the first time took on a usual winter appearance.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Norman A. Luce, 42 years old, recently convicted of a second-degree murder charge in connection with the killing of Ethel Collicott, Davenport used car dealer, in a holdup March 18, 1924, was sentenced to a term not exceeding 20 years.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The bank clock for 43 years, a familiar and dependable landmark in downtown Geneseo, was lowered from the former Farmers National Bank building yesterday and is scheduled to be junked. The clock was put up in 1913 when the bank building was remodeled and was operated by a mechanism inside the building.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The housekeeper for U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Davenport, foiled an apparent burglary attempt at the congressman's home Monday morning.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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