Day in history for October 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Many persons fear that the potato crop will be almost a complete failure in consequence of the rapid manner in which the potatoes are rotting.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Five letters were awarded to Rock Island High School athletes for work done in basketball last season.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
New officers of the Rock Island High School Hi-Y took over their duties at the first meeting of the school year at 7 last night at the Rock Island YMCA. The new president, Pryce Boeye, presided at the meeting, which 60 high school boys attended. Other officers are Danny Stoneking, vice president; Terry Petersen, secretary; and Bob Morgan, sergeant at arms.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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