Day in history for November 8, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Wide Awake Hose and Hook and Ladder Company is planning a dance at Turner Hall.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A fire broke out on the Kemble School roof, but it was quickly checked and no damage was done.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The use of Spencer Square, Rock Island, by the American Legion on Armistice Day was denied by the Park Board.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Reappointment of Carl E. Mitchell, East Moline, as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County for five years, commencing Nov. 20, was announced today. Mr. Mitchell, one of six commissioners of the airport authority, was reappointed by Mayor B.H. Ryan, East Moline. He originally was appointed a commissioner by Mayor Ryan over a year ago to fill a vacancy left by Dr. E.A. Soule, East Moline.

1975 -- 25 years ago
United Township High School's annual yearbook, Skyline, walked off with the top yearbook award at the fall conference of the Northern Illinois School Press Association at Northern Illinois University. Six students and their adviser, George S. Miller, attended the conference and accepted five blue ribbon citations in six possible categories to capture the ``Golden Eagle'' trophy, the top honor given to any high school by the association.

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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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