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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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