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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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