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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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