Day in history for June 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
From sundown last night to nearly daylight this morning the air was bright with flashes of lightning, and during the night we had some heavy thunder and a copious fall of rain.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ticket Agent F.H. Plummer of the Rock Island Road was given a leave of absence to go to Manitou, Colo. for the summer.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Five hundred persons attended the golden anniversary dinner of the State Bar Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Ernest Kivisto, coach of the Miami, Ariz., state high school basketball champions, today became the new cage mentor at United Township High School, East Moline. He replaces Don Smith, who recently resigned from the head coaching job. Kivisto was hailed as the ``coach of the year'' in Arizona high school circles this year when he piloted his Vandals to a string of 27 straight victories and the state championship.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials were seeking information today on the person or persons responsible for causing an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 damage to the home of the director of the Niabi Zoo. Vandals smashed windows in the kitchen and living room, tore off ceiling tile in the kitchen, gouged the gas range and refrigerator and disfigured walls with crayons, paint and other materials. The home was occupied until recently by former Zoo Director Al Coggins, who was fired by county officials early this week.

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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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