Day in history for January 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Our streets yesterday presented a very lively appearance. There is a good deal of wheat now coming in and much of it is from Iowa.

1883 -- 125 years ago
All departments of the Rock Island Arsenal are working full time with the exception of stone-cutters, who have employed only six days since Dec. 1.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Statistics compiled by Clerk C.W. Hawes of Modern Woodmen of America gives information regarding the enormous amount of business which passed through the Rock Island office.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Immediately following their action early this morning in deciding to abide by the proclamation of Mayor Chester Thompson declaring a two-week legal bank holiday, Rock Island bankers today set in motion plans which they hope will safeguard the banking structure of the city from future protective measures.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Willard Wretman was reelected president of the Moline Horticultural Society at the annual dinner session in the Moline Garden Center last night. The society elected Dr. J.C. Johnson an honorary life member.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Knights of Columbus of Rock Island has finally found a home. The organanization has purchased the former Johnston Dodge property and plans to convert the former automotive dealership to a clubhouse.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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