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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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