Day in history for October 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The returns indicate the election of judge Lettingwell to Congress.1883 -- 125 years ago: Anna Dickinson will present a comedy at HarperAndrsquo;s Theater Nov. 6.1908 -- 100 years ago: In litigation since 1896, the 24th St. storm drain has formally been acquired by the City of Rock Island for $6,000.1933 -- 75 years ago: Six girls were chosen as members of the Rock Island High School declamation team last night in the high school auditorium. About 500 persons attended. The six are Ruth Evelyn Harris, Martha Carlson, Rosalyn Gendler, Margaret Zimmer, Ruth Robinson and Betty Carney.1958 -- 50 years ago: Andldquo;Halloween HeydayAndrdquo; will be the theme of the Girls Athletic Assn., annual Play Day to be held at United Township High School on Saturday. Approximately 80 girls from Bettendorf, Davenport, Geneseo, Moline, Alwood and East Moline will participate. Activities will include aerial darts, trampoline, golf, volleyball, tennis and baseball. Concluding the morningAndrsquo;s activities will be a demonstration of speed-a-way by the UTHS GAA. Awards will be presented to winning teams and the program will conclude with group singing.1983 -- 25 years ago: Bella Karolyi, former coach of legendary Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, will conduct a program Sunday at the Moline Turners Gym, 3102 29th Street. Karolyi, a Romanian who defected to the United States in 1979, currently resides in Houston. He is working with two Olympic contenders, Diane Durham and Mary Lou Retton.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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