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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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