Day in history for June 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Today, for the first time in four days, occasional glimpses of the sun were seen. For four days the weather has been cold and rainy, and the farmers say the prospect for growing crops is very discouraging.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Emanon Club gave a dance at the Watch Tower in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Resurfacing with asphaltic concrete was agreed on as the type of improvement to be made on 4th Avenue, 1st to 15th Streets, Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Scottish brogue may be a bit thick at the Quad-City Airport Sunday as the dream of a determined mother to see her two sons after many years of separation is realized. William S. (Scotty) Kean, Rock Island, is looking forward to greeting his mother for the first time in 30 years. The 74-year-old woman has recently flown from her home in Kilmarnock, Scotland, to see Scotty and his twin brother, James, of Hamilton, Ont. ``It's going to be the biggest thrill of my life to see my mother again,'' Scotty said. ``I haven't seen her since I left home at the age of 23 to come to this country 30 years ago.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Barbara Kuhns, Geneseo, is the first woman veterinarian to ever practice the art in the Cambridge-Geneseo area and one of the few female veterinarians in Western Illinois. The former high school teacher opened her practice a week ago, achieving a goal she formed at age 16.

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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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