Day in history for June 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We have heard of no preparations being made in Rock Island to appropriately celebrate the Fourth of July, the nation's anniversary. Can't something be done? Where are all the patriots?

1877 -- 125 years ago
W.H. Gest and James M. Buford were nominated for membership on the Rock Island board of education at a meeting held at the courthouse last night. On motion of Dr. Calvin Truesdale, the caucus voted to nominate men without regard to their religious or political affiliations. The candidates were elected today, not many votes being polled.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The new camp of Spanish War veterans will be known as Siboney Bay Camp. It starts out with a membership of 44. C.F. Channon was elected the first commander. F.C. Downs is the adjutant.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Construction contracts calling for about a million dollars worth of new buildings in East Moline for the International Harvester Company have been awarded.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities is one of only four labor market areas in the country that has a serious labor shortage, according to the current issue of the publication Business Week.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Every girl dreams of being in the movies, and the dream came true for a few hours for 23-year-old Judy Mohr of Hampton. She was an extra in one scene of the Sylvester Stallone movie ``F.I.S.T.'' being filmed at Dubuque.

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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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