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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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