Day in history for October 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Lewis will begin a course of lectures at Island City Hall Friday on the subject of health. Lectures will be illustrated.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. R.B. Williams has been named head of the newly formed Rock Island Ministerial Alliance.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Vi-Counts, Rock Island quartet which won first place in the Illinois division of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc., last weekend, was honored last night at a party in Hauberg Civic Center. The welcome-home affair was sponsored by the Rock Island and Davenport chapters of the SPEBSQSA. The Vi-Counts are composed of Robert L. Maurus, Rock Island; Max Lauser, 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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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