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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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