Day in history for May 10, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Hon. Thos. S. Ridgeway, state treasurer of Illinois, is at the Harper House in Rock Island. Mr. Ridgeway is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Governor Yates accepted Rock Island's invitation to visit the city at the time of President McKinley's stop on his way back east.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Over a hundred Rock Island boys, entries in the annual Argus Y.M.C.A. learn-to-swim campaign, took their first swimming lessons.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A special train will bring to Davenport tomorrow morning a complete electrical show of the newest types of equipment for exhibition tomorrow and Monday. More than two thousand industrial, utility and civic leaders of the Quad-Cities have been invited by the General Electric Company to view the showing. The items are of interest only to those who produce electric power or use it industrially.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Historical Society, for the first time, has elected a woman as its president. She is Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Dahlberg of Moline. Mrs. Dahlberg has been active through the years in civic affairs and politics and now she will add the leadership of the Historical Society to her accomplishments. She succeeds Clarence Skinner as president.

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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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