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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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