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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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