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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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