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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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