Day in history for October 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The fifth joint debate between Senator Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in Galesburg last Thursday. A larger number of people than have been present on any former occasion were in attendance. About 15,000 to 20,000 persons attended.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Jack Tighe was signed to manage the Rock Island baseball team for the 1909 Three I League season at the meeting yesterday.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Winners in the annual school competition conducted during Fire Prevention Week were announced today by the fire prevention committee of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Audubon School was chosen winner in the elementary division. Edison Junior High School topped the other three junior high schools in that division. The fire prevention committee will award plaques to the schools.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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