Day in history for October 22, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The last of the series of joint debates between Sen. Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in Alton last week. From 5,000 to 10,000 persons were in attendance.1883 -- 125 years ago: Principals of the public schools in Rock Island, Moline and Davenport organized an association at a meeting in Davenport last night.1908 -- 100 years ago: Dr. J. R. Hollowbush of Rock Island today was elected president of the National Association of Railway Surgeons.1933 -- 75 years ago: The board of directors of the Moline City Hospital today announced receipt of the resignation of Miss Ursula D. Payne, superintendent of the hospital for nearly 13 years. No successor has been selected.1958 -- 50 years ago: The new 250,000 gallon water reservoir which will supply Silvis residents with water will be located on S. 10th Street, according to action taken at last nightAndrsquo;s city council meeting. The motion carried by a 4-2 motion. The opposing alderman expressed opinions the new reservoir should be located at the present water tower site, as recommended by engineers, and that the old stand pipe be removed.1983 -- 25 years ago: Niabi Zoo attendance increased by about 140,000 people this year to 458,650, a new record for the county-owned zoo.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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