Day in history for July 25, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Officers nominated by the Rock Island County Bible Society are: the Rev. J.R. Findley, the Rev. J.R. McCalister, J.W. Stark, E.W. Spencer, A. Hoffman, J.W. Stewart, H.O. Sleight, J.L. Freeman, A.K. Philleo, Charles Hansgen, D.F. Moore, S.F. Cooke, Henry Brockman, D.P. McKown and Rufus Walker.

1900 -- 100 years ago
It was reported that a party of pearl hunters prospecting in Rock River found a pearl weighing 12 grains, worth $1,200.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Methodist campgrounds south of Milan were wrecked by a windstorm which caused $200,000 damage throughout the county.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A new and more nutritious bread recipe has been turned over to 19 mental and other institutions of the Illinois welfare department. The bread made from it contains more dried eggs and dried milk and tastes better, says Mrs. Ethel Boyle, who developed the recipe. Mrs. Boyle is the department's home economics and nutrition expert. The 19 welfare institutions which do their own baking produce a total of 24,000 pounds of bread a day.

1975 -- 25 years ago
It's not unusual for the mother of the bride to sew her daughter's wedding gown. It is unusual for her to crochet her daughter's gown. Mrs. Nancy Bohman, Moline, said she had never crocheted a dress before and didn't have many problems. The dress took six weeks to make at a cost of $11.

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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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