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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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