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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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