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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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