Day in history for September 30, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Senator Douglas will address the citizens of Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties on Oct. 29 in this city.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
An automobile parade this afternoon heralded the opening of the great Rock Island exposition. Nearly 50 cars participated.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A public auction of surplus industrial machines with an acquisition cost of a $1,000,000 will be conducted at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Rock Island Arsenal. Kinds of machines to be put on the auction block include honing, drilling, chucking and turning, grinding, reaming, boring and facing, lathes, mills, presses, shapers and furnaces.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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