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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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