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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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