Day in history for October 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
It is reported in LeClaire Express that 30 years ago Indians inhabited all the area around Rock Island on both sides of the Mississippi River. They were the solo occupants of the west side of the river from near the Des Moines to the far north. 1883 -- 125 years ago: Recess periods in the Rock Island schools will be shortened from two hours to one hour, Superintendent Kimble announced, 1908 -- 100 years ago: A large delegation of teachers from Rock Island is attending the first annual educational association meeting in Galesburg. 1933 -- 75 years ago: Thomas Murphy, unbeaten defending title holder of Bowling Township, won the annual Rock Island County Corn Husking Championship on the Alfred Lindgren farm in Rural Township this afternoon. Murphy husked 32.44 bushels to win his eighth consecutive county championship. 1958 -- 50 years ago: The regular meeting of the Rock Island Junior Police Thursday night has been canceled in favor of the Optimist-sponsored Halloween festivities in Sunset Park that same evening. About a dozen Junior Police have been assigned to help direct traffic and assist workers on the grounds. Other members will take part in the festivities. Efforts are being made to obtain a new meeting place for Junior Police. Acoustics, especially during films shown to the group, have been termed poor in the basement of City Hall. 1983 -- 25 years ago: Moline School officials are drafting plans to establish a program for gifted elementary school students.

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