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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