Day in history for October 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The foot race by members of the gymnastic class was held yesterday afternoon. Dr. Lewis was in charge of the event and Elias Vanzant was the winner.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The 31st meeting of the Illinois Synod of the United Presbyterian Church ended yesterday in Rock Island.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Boy Scouts, as well as those throughout the nation, Saturday will deliver to every home a Civil Defense Andldquo;Handbook for Emergencies.Andrdquo; A total of 25,000 of the handbooks, which outline five home preparedness steps, essential to safety of the American home in peace or wartime disasters, will be delivered in the Fort Armstrong Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Of that number, between 17,00 and 18,000 will be delivered in Rock Island. The handbooks are free, being provided by the office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, according to E. Lee Sieman, Rock Island CD director.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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