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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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