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: 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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