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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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