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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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