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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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