Day in history for June 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work on the Mercer County Railroad is progressing finely, commencing at Milan, and laying track as they go.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City harness makers held their annual picnic at Schuetzen's Park, Davenport.

1926 -- 75 years ago
John G. Huntoon and C. Dudley Marshall announced their candidacies for reelection as members of the Rock Island board of education and R.C. Mitchell announced himself as a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Graduation fever in a triple dose has hit the Clyde McKee home, Rock Island, this past week. Three members of the family are receiving diplomas from three different schools. Daryl is graduating from Rock Island High School tonight. His brother, Paul, went the cap and gown route at Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. Their mother, Mrs. Evelyn McKee, received her bachelor's degree from Marycrest College, Davenport, last Sunday. Mrs. McKee has been teaching grade school at Illinois City the past year in addition to completing her college work.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The courthouse lawn memorial to Rock Island County's war dead will soon be expanded to make room for the names of 70 men killed in Vietnam. The county board's executive committee approved a request to add two wings to the stone monument to make room for the new names. A memorial society has collected the money to buy the marble stones needed and the work is to be done in the near future.

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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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