Day in history for September 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some of our learned scientists announce that the comet at the present time is about 87,000,000 miles from the earth and that its tail is about 6,000,000 miles long.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.W. Foss, professor of history at Augustana College, will leave next week for India, where he will engage in missionary work for a year.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island area quartet, the Vi-Counts, is the winner of the Illinois state Barbershop Quartet Contest. The contest was in Chicago Saturday in connection with the state convention of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. Members of the Vi-Counts are Robert L. Maurus, Rock Island, Max Laser, Wilton Junction, Iowa, Jack L. Moore, Moline, and Robert K. Livesay, East Moline.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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