Day in history for January 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Horace Greeley's speech in Moline yesterday did not excite a single person. Several Rock Islanders who had ventured to Moline to hear Mr. Greeley were disappointed in the talk.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is reported on the authority of Ben Harper of the Harper Theater that Mrs. Langtry will appear in Rock Island the latter part of this month.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School orchestra will give a concert tonight in the school auditorium. Faculty members say this year's organization is the best in the history of the institution.

1933 -- 75 years ago
James A. Moran, former president of the Rock Island Real Estate board, today announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for mayor, subject to the primary, March 14.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Recognition was given to women who have completed terms on the executive board of the YWCA at yesterday's monthly board meeting. Retiring board members are Mesdames William Bell, George Carll, O.L. Coulson, F.R. Powell and Arnold Wurbs.

1983 -- 25 years ago
An elderly Rock Island couple has donated their $192,000 farm in Mercer County to Eureka College. William and Opal Moudy Stephens gave their 107-acre farm in Abingdon Township near Keithsburg to the college. Eureka ia a town of 3,400 residents.

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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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