Day in history for January 4, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
William Shearer, township tax collector, has commenced collections, according to the new township organization. His office is in the county jail over the circuit clerk's office.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The warm current in the river near the Rock Island shore has again played havoc with the ice bridge and another connection will have to be constructed soon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dow Vandine, vetern third baseman on the Rock Island baseball team, has been traded to Dubuque for cash consideration.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Mississippi Valley Baseball League, holding it annual meeting today at the Fort Armstrong Hotel, voted to change its classification from D to B and at the same time fixed the monthly salary limit at $1,900, including the manager.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A large group of men representing Rock Island County, area conservation clubs and the Illinois Conservation Department this afternoon inspected two sites for a proposed lake at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, west of Andalusia. A planning conference is set for 7:30 Tuesday night at the courthouse.

1983 -- 25 years ago
More than a thousand people mobbed motel lobbies in Geneseo, Moline and Davenport this morning to apply for a couple of hundred jobs available at a Joslin beef-packing plant.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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