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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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