Day in history for January 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Looking to the future growth of our county in this state, which combines the most favorable temperature with the richest soil and most healthy climate will for all time be the great grain and producing district.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Hundreds of wagon loads of ice go up Elm Street daily to the Huber Brewery. The average thickness is 10 inches.

1907 -- 101 years ago
Men of the Memorial Christian Church formed a new organization, with G.H. Hull as president.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Believing Harry Martin, 50 years old of Rock Island, can aid them in bringing about the capture of a bank bandit, Sheriff Ray Mosley of Hancock County has taken the Rock Island man to Montezuma, Ind., on a hunt for a large amount of loot taken from a New York bank.

1958 -- 50 years ago
In Galva, the purchase of the Galva News by James H. Terry, publisher of the Geneseo Republic, was announced. Mr. Terry has purchased the building which has been occupied by the Galva News for the past four years.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline's three junior-high principals have mixed feelings on whether ninth graders should attend Moline High School. The differences emerged Tuesday night during a public hearing on what school district residents think about closing one of the three junior-high schools.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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