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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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