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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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