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: 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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