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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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