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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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