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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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