Day in history for October 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
T.E. Morgan, one of the most talented men in Illinois, will be the speaker at tonightAndrsquo;s Democratic meeting in the courthouse. 1883 -- 125 years ago: The post office in Edgington was destroyed by fire this morning, involving a loss of about $7,000. 1908 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. Marion Stevenson of St. Louis will conduct a Bible study at the Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island. 1933 -- 75 years ago: A somewhat confusing element was injected into the cityAndrsquo;s plans for a special mayoral election Feb. 6 when the Rock Island City Council last night tabled an ordinance proposed to create an emergency appropriation of $3,646 covering the election expense. 1958 -- 50 years ago: A gift of $130,004.77 from the Moline WomanAndrsquo;s Building Organization to Butterworth Center was accepted today by Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman, Lloyd Kennedy and Edmond Cook, members of the board responsible for administering the Katherine Deere Butterworth Trust which finances the operation of the center. The action today is the first step toward dissolution of the WomanAndrsquo;s Building Organization, established 41 years ago by a group of visionary Moline woman who hoped some day to erect a building adequate for the needs of all womenAndrsquo;s organizations in the city. 1983 -- 25 years ago: Eight people were taken into custody on Arsenal Island this morning after an attempt to blockade traffic in protest of nuclear arms.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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