Day in history for February 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The different coal companies have held a meeting and resolved to advance the price of coal to 11 cents per bushel. They say they have been losing money in furnishing it at the low rates they have been charging.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Every act of the play which opens tonight at the Harper Theater is embellished with scenery which the company has transported all the way from New York.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Prof. Sigfrid Laurin of the Augustana Conservatory of music will present a series of educational piano recitals beginning next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that John Galsworthy, British novelist and dramatist and 1932 Nobel prize winner died yesterday at his home.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A vault at Augustana College today holds 30 millicuries of cobalt 60, a radioactive material. It will provide actual experience for future classes in radiological monitoring in Rock Island's Civil Defense program. Rock Island is one of eight locations in Illinois where cobalt is available for radiological instruction. The shipment was approved by the federal Civil Defense agency.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Mary Jaggers rolled a Dispatch Super Bowler score of 615 recently in the River Valley League at Highland Park Bowl. She had games of 183, 222 and 210.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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