Day in history for October 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Miss Bridges writes from Dixon that she will be in Rock Island tomorrow night to give one of her dramatic readings.''Widow Bedott'' will be among the reading selections.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College will honor the memory of Lars P. Esbjorn, first president of the institution, at a service today.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 980 persons attended the Illinois Baptist State Convention rally last night at Moline High School. The First Baptist Church, Moline, is the host church and the Rev. Elwood K. Wylie is the host pastor. The convention continues through tomorrow.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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