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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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