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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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