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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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