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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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