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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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