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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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