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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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