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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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