Day in history for November 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island ladies get up mince pie gatherings; those in Geneseo, plum pudding lunches; but here in Moline we have dime sociables and oyster suppers. They are all good to take.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal is in need of workers for construction of the small arms plant and the base hospital.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Exchange Club will take part in the presentation of a charter to the Quincy, Ill., club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A sneak audition won a recording contract for Michelle Cotter, Rock Island native, according to a story from the Northwestern University campus paper. Miss Cotter is featured as ``Mickey Carter'' in the novelty record ``I Want a Boyfriend for Christmas,'' backed by ``Under the Mistletoe,'' released recently by Premium Record Corp. of Chicago. The story told how a friend put Miss Cotter's voice on his wire recorder along with that of a man who was slated for an audition. Premium's music director liked her voice better.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Leaders of the Hare Krishna religious sect were conferring in Dallas today on whether to pursue efforts to purchase the defunct Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo. Approximately 600 people attended a special town meeting where the question of whether to let the Hare Krishna sect purchase the academy was discussed.

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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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