Day in history for January 6, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Charley Tanner is selling oysters at 40 cents for the small can and 80 cents for the large can.

1883 -- 125 years ago
By hitching two horses to each car yesterday, street car service between Rock Island and Moline was kept open, although somewhat irregular.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Stove and Rock Island Plow Companies resumed operations this morning after a brief shutdown over the holidays, putting 300 men back to work. Propects are that both concerns will run at capacity from now on.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A taxpayer's organization to be known as the Rock Island Better Government Bureau was organized at a meeting of 43 persons last night in Rock Island.

1958 -- 50 years ago
In commemoraton of the 75th anniversary of Modern Woodmen, a historical mural was dedicated this morning in the home office of the fraternal group in Rock Island. The event marked the beginning of the diamond anniversary celebration.

1983 -- 25 years ago
After weeks of deliberation, the task force studying the future of Moline schools is recommending the school board close Coolidge Junior High School. The panel, acting on the 50th anniversary of the death of Calvin Coolidge, also agreed to recommend that ninth grade students attend the high school beginning next year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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