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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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