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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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