Day in history for January 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We recently visited several of the public schools in the first and second wards. We heard classes recite with recitations combining exercises in spelling, reading and attention to what is read in a manner that is novel to us.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Should the weather not be too stormy, the electric light company will begin to remove the troublesome trees on Elm and 20th Streets.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Aldermen voted to accept the new bridge over the Sears Canal, and to have the next bridge raised to a level with the south end of the new structure.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Party in Germany, today was appointed chancellor of Germany.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College will be the recipient of Sky Ridge Observatory of Dr. Carl Gamble, noted amateur astronomer who died Saturday, his family announced today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Earnings on a common share of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company increased 14 percent over the last year from $3.45 in 1981 to $3.95 in 1982, according to a company spokesman. The company's revenues also increased about 14 percent to $475 million with the recovery of higher purchased gas costs accounting for almost half of the increase.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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