Today in history for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013


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Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 26th, the 299th day of 2013. There are 66 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The weather quite astonishes our oldest inhabitant. The ground is covered with two inches of snow, and the children are jolly as Christmas with their little sleds.
1888 — 125 years ago: Dr. A.H. McCandless was elected president of the young people's association of Broadway Presbyterian Church.
1913 — 100 years ago: The coliseum at the corner of 4th St. between 7th and Myrtle streets in Davenport was destroyed by fire. The loss is estimated at $40,000.
1938 — 75 years ago: Paving of 38th and 11th avenues out of the city's share of state gas taxes was approved last night by the City Council.
1963 — 50 years ago: Plans have been formulated for the 100th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, next weekend. The celebration will be opened with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Following the meal, Howard Moburg will read a review of the church's history in an original narrative written by Miss Elsie Hamilton.
1988 — 25 years ago: Quad-Cities police and health officials are hoping for a safe Halloween this year because of the "Beast Buster". Trick-or-treaters will be wearing glow in the dark light sticks pinned to their costumes to make themselves more visible to motorists.
















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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