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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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