Day in history for January 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Dillenburg's is selling out his entire stock of ready-made clothing at cost.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The coinage of a new nickel was authorized today. It will be a little larger than the present coin and will have a female head on the face and a wreath and Roman numeral on the reverse side.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Three-1 league pennant for the 1908 championship won by Rock Island arrived in the city today. It is 25 feet long and 13 feet wide.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Tossing in baskets at a break-neck speed, Coach Art Swedberg's Augustana College cagers registered a conference victory last night when they plastered Eureka, 47-33, on the Augie Court. About 1,200 persons viewed the game. 'Newts' Schroeder lived up to expectations as he accounted for 17 points. Dick Pearson collected 13 points.

1958 -- 50 years ago
There's no such thing as being old at 80, according to Grandma Ehler, who rounded out her first 100 years in Rock Island today. Everyone calls Mrs. Minnie Ehler, Shady Lawn Nursing Home, 1018 12th St., Rock Island, 'Grandma.'

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Bible Missionary Institute in Rock Island, formally opened its new residence hall. The building is part of a $1.5 million expansion. Elbert Dodd Hall, named after a founding leader, will house 75 men.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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