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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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