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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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