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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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