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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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