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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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