Day in history for October 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Commercial announces that it will appear in the future as an evening paper instead of a morning paper as formerly.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
A special election will be held in May to vote on a bill to provide $1,000 licenses for saloons.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mayor Warrwen C. Yerger selected the lucky ticket for the winner of the 1959 Buick given away by downtown Rock Island merchants as the finale for their 3-day sales promotion, Harvest Mall Days. The winner, Mrs. Alice Bream, 1414 15th Ave., Rock Island, asked if this was the car she won when L.B. Wilson, Jr., chairman of the Retail Bureau, Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, drove the new Buick to Irving School, where Mrs. Bream was working on a PTA frolic.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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