Day in history for October 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The gravel, which is now being placed on some of our streets, will make splendid roads after a time.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The opening session of the state conference of charities was held in Rock Island this morning at the First Methodist Church.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The new convent of St. MaryAndrsquo;s Parish, Moline, will be blessed by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. James B. Reidy, P.A., V.G., in special ceremonies Sunday. He will celebrate Mass at noon and preach the sermon. Immediately afterward, a procession will be formed in which participants will be Msgr. Reidy, the Rev. Thomas P. Kelly, pastor, the Rev. Thomas Coughlin and the Rev. Richard Bresnahan, assistants, many visiting priests of the area and altar boys. The group will go to the convent and Mgr. Reidy will bless each room of the building. Closing service will be Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the convent chapel at which the Beneditine Sisters, who reside in the convent, also will be present. The Sisters teach in St. MaryAndrsquo;s Grade School and Alleman High School, Rock Island.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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