Day in history for October 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
At the Rock Island City Council meeting yesterday, the committee appointed to report in regard to issuing bridge tickets, asked for further time to study the proposition.1883 -- 125 years ago: B.D. Buford CompanyAndrsquo;s plow won a recent plowing contest at Orion, defeating all other entrants by a large margin.1908 -- 100 years ago: J.C. Gibson will deliver an address at a meeting in Market Square tonight.1933 -- 75 years ago: Coach Herbert Jebens and his Monmouth High School gridders will meet Rock Island HighAndrsquo;s football team in a Big Nine Conference game Friday at Rock Island Public Schools stadium.1958 -- 50 years ago: Clyde Hofstetter, Port Byron, was re-elected president of the Rock Island County Fair Association at a meeting last night of the board of directors in the Colona Avenue Fairgrounds office. Others are: Donald Pearson, Taylor Ridge, first vice president; Dale Ristau, Milan, second vice president; Norman Thorpe, Moline, secretary; and Walter Schulte, East Moline, treasurer. All offices are for one-year terms. The board of directors pledged cooperation in making the 1959 fair the biggest yet and to support a planned expansion program for grounds and facilities.1983 -- 25 years ago: Ultrasonic testing has found what appear to be cracks in the water pipes that cool the core in the No. 2 reactor at Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station, Cordova, Jim Toscas, spokesman for Commonwealth Edison, said Saturday. The plant has been shut down since Sept. 4 for routine maintenance and refueling. Inspectors also have been searching for cracks that have plagued water-boiler reactors in the past, including the one at Cordova.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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