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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