Today in history for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, Oct 29th, the 302nd day of 2013. There are 63 days left in the year.

1863 — 150 years ago: Sam Bowles, of Hampton, shot a fine fat buck near the schoolhouse this week and got back his pay for the grain the deer have been feeding on all summer.

1888 — 125 years ago: John Clark purchased the old R.T. McNeal homestead on Elm Street for $4,000.

1913 — 100 years ago: Stephen Hull has been appointed by the city commission as an inspector of the work of repairing the Milan bridges.

1938 — 75 years ago: Crimson Crier has been chosen as the new name of the bi-weekly paper at Rock Island High School to avoid confusion between the paper and the yearbook. Previously both were called the Watch Tower.

1963 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Housing Authority has been given the go ahead on applying for federal aid to provide low rental housing for senior citizens. Mayor Morris E. Muhleman recently made a trip to Washington, D.C., to survey steps necessary to request a federal grant for that purpose.

1988 — 25 years ago: Whether it is greeting cards, candy or costumes, Halloween continues to grow in popularity as an adult celebration. Not that children are excluded from the festivities. Rather, marketers say, the baby boom generation, with its tremendous buying power, has appropriated the occasion as its own, and businesses are picking up on this trend.


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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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