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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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