Day in history for January 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Great Western Fire Co. of Rock Island went to the aid of the Davenport Fire Dept. The fire was quickly extinguished.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harper's Theater is crowded this afternoon with people anxious to see Tom Thumb.

1908 -- 100 years ago
City Clerk Martin T. Rudgren presented a letter from a large number of business houses of Rock Island to the City Council. The letter protests the creation of the office of city electrical inspector.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A.L. Whittenberg, Springfield, secretary of the state board of education, who is at Augustana College for a conference with the educational policy committee, addressed students and faculty this morning after chapel exercises. Whittenberg praised the high standards which Augustana holds in the educational field of Illinois.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An East Moline youth is having quite an experience. He has visited both poles in a year and is presently on duty in the Antarctic near the South Pole. The youth, Harlan J. Fleming, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Flemming, Route 2, East Moline.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Darlene Delleman and Bob Haedt have formed Counterpoint, a videotape dating service at 3432 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Clients can choose other clients to date by watching videotapes of each other.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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