Day in history for January 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
It will be seen from his advertisement that Prof. Robinson has been obliged to open an afternoon class to accommodate those who are anxious to take dancing lessons.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Doctors report that there is a great deal of sickness in Rock Island, with much of it pneumonia.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Sisters of Visitation will dedicate the new library in the recently completed addition to the Villa de Chantal. It will be called the Kieran library.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Financing of Rock Island County relief for February was solved today when an advance of $6,000,250 to Illinois was announced.

1958 -- 50 years ago
George H. McDonald of Rock Island, was elected president of the Indian Powwow Council, succeeding Col. Carl A. Waldmann. The council sponsors the Indian ceremonial and dances which have been held at Black Hawk State Park for the past 18 years.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Students at the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities campus will have a chance to enroll in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program beginning next fall. 'We want our students to have all options possible, and this is a fine one,' said Dr. Richard Puffer, chancellor. The courses are made possible through contractual agreements with the U.S. Army and Western Illinois University.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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