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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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