Day in history for October 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The concert that comes off this evening at Smith's Hall should be remembered by our citizens. Although times are tight and money is scarce, people want amusement as much now as ever they did.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The ground has been much too dry for farmers to do their fall plowing until recently, and now the soaking rains of the last few days have made the soil too soggy for any work in the fields.

1907 -- 100 years ago
An old-time fiddler contest has been arranged by the firemen of Rock Island to be held at the Illinois Theater Oct. 15 with the proceeds to be added to the firemen's benefit fund.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Two perfect third-quarter passes from half-back Kenneth Johnson to end Joe Means broke a deadlock and gave the Rock Island High School football team a 12-6 victory over Kewanee in a thrilling Big Nine conference game.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A recommendation that the main building of the present Moline High School be made available after the new high school is opened for use by Moline Community College was presented last night to the board of education.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Unemployment shattered the double-figure barrier in September for the first time since the end of the Great Depression, soaring to 10.1 percent with 11.3 million Americans jobless.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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