Day in history for May 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
It has been decided to remove the old 40-foot, 2-story brick building on the Rock Island House property.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The official board of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island, voted to recommend the Rev. Henry Pearce Atkins for the pastorate of the church.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island county veterans are boosting Judge Ben D. Farrar for state commander of the Disabled American Veterans of the World War.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Davenport has a population of 73,476, according to unofficial figures announced today by P.J. Cerretti, census supervisor for the first Iowa district. The figures show an increase of 7,437, or 11.5 per cent, over the population total of 66,039 given for Davenport following the 1940 census. The population of the greater Davenport area, including suburban districts, is estimated at 80,000 by the census supervisor.

1975 -- 25 years ago
For the second time in as many years, Geneseo is being televised for inclusion in an American documentary to be viewed in Europe. Jean Lafevre, a representative of French Broadcasting in the U.S., and a film crew shot scenes and locales, which may be part of a film, to be shown over French TV during President Ford's visit to Europe next month. Speaking of Geneseo, Lafevre said, ``I think it is truly American.''

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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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