Day in history for January 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The weather has been as good as can be expected for this time of year. We had some snow on Thursday, but that quickly vanished when temperatures rose to about 40 degrees.

1883 -- 125 years ago
There isn't a city of equal size in this part of the country which enjoys the exemption from fires that Rock Island does. Insurance rates in Rock Island should be so low as to be within reach of everyone.

1908 -- 100 years ago
R.A. Jacobson has returned to Rock Island to resume studies at Augustana College. For the past several months he has been traveling in the northwest.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The 23rd birthday of the Boy Scouts movement will be observed in Rock Island Feb. 6-12 with a rally of all scouts in the Rock Island Area Council.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Floyd A. Shetter of Moline announced he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for county superintendent of schools, a post he formerly held 16 years.

1983 -- 25 years ago
East Moline is suing the state for $61,576. The suit stems from the $361,576 Campbell's Island causeway improvement project of 1980. When it was learned the local cost of the project would run $61,576 above the originally projected $300,000, the state agreed to pick up the additional debt. But the state never paid.

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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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