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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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