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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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