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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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