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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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