Day in history for January 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
F.H. Warren can offer more than 150 different kinds of wallpaper at his store. This is the best assortment ever offered in Rock Island.

1883 -- 125 years ago
At 7:30 this morning the mercury sank to 18 degrees below zero. Where is the man who predicts warmer weather during the full of the moon?

1908 -- 100 years ago
The jail report of the Grand Jury committee states that the county jail is in good condition, but that some of the prisoners employed on the rock pile claim they do not get enough food.

1933 -- 75 years ago
'Strange Interlude,' Eugene O'Neill's tragic play, is as great on the screen as it ever was on the stage. Norma Shearer is in the starring role of the film which opened today at the Fort Theater.

1958 -- 50 years ago
On display, beginning officially today, is the five-passenger 1958 Deluxe Anglia, from the English-built Ford line, at Fred Piehl, Inc., 526 20th St., Rock Island, the exclusive dealer for the Quad-City, western Illinois and eastern Iowa areas.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Bulldogs top Moline, East Moline. Bettendorf won six of the 11 events in the second annual East Moline Invitational swim meet and topped Moline 270-252 for first place. The host Panthers were a surprising third in the 10-team meet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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