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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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