Day in history for October 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Saturday was the last day of the races. The band as usual paraded the streets, stirring up all the patriotism within the little boys and making them feel happy.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Fred Warde scored a triumph in the character of Richelieu last night at Harper's Theater. A large audience witnessed the play, one of the best of the season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Work on the pavillion being erected in Long View Park is being rushed to an early completion. The building will be used as a bandstand and shelter for park visitors.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's 6-0 defeat at the hands of Galesburg turned the Big Nine conference race into a free-for-all and left East Moline perched on top. The battle between the Islanders and Moline will have an important bearing on the conference standings.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 30 percent of the 9,600 students enrolled in Rock Island public schools were absent. Based on reports, the 'bug', be it flu or otherwise, was spreading south into the residential areas from the downtown area.

1982 -- 25 years ago
It would have been enough to make Dracula cry in his bier. Construction on the haunted house Moline Jaycees were building for the ancient vampire and his fellow spooks was halted because it violated Moline building codes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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