Day in history for March 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Wilshire of Little Rock, Ark., wife of the Hon. W.W. Wilshire, member of congress from that district, was at the Harper House Saturday night on her way to Cordova to see her father (Mr. Reynolds) who is dangerously ill.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The board of education held a special meeting to examine plans for the new high school building.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Attorneys for John Looney conferred in Peoria to make plans to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court the murder and conspiracy cases of which Looney was convicted.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Daniel Rene and Stephen Rene Meiresonne, 1-year-old twins of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Meiresonne, 119 14th St., Silvis, who observed their first birthday yesterday, will not have another Easter birthday this century. Mrs. Meiresonne is a native of Rock Island, and Mr. Meiresonne, formerly of Geneseo, is now employed by the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Bob Hope, famous entertainer and humanitarian, will be the speaker for the 94th annual commencement May 9 at St. Ambrose College. The graduation ceremony will be held on the lawn under the oaks in front of Ambrose Hall. Seating will be reserved for the St. Ambrose College family, graduates and their families, and guests. Mr. Hope's participation in the commencement was initiated last fall by Scott Oyen, president of the senior class.

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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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