Day in history for June 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
P.M. Housel, Davenport, has taken a new store in LeClaire row and received a fine stock of new goods.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The graduating exercises of Rock Island High School were held at the Central Presbyterian Church. Graduates participating in the program were: Ella G. Kyte, Laura T. Ehleb, Lou J. Conway, Lucy Murphy, Dollie E. Kale, L. Minnie Magill, Norah C. Olson, Archy A. Stevenson, Paul Hamilton, Hattie A. Jenkins, Clara Whitman, Minnie Repine, Minnie J. Hull, Lizzie A. Weyerhaeuser and Nate Gest. Diplomas were awarded by J.F. Everett.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Lawson W. Fuller won the fortnightly handicap golf match at the Arsenal Golf Club by a net score of 105.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A resolution to widen 24th Street for two blocks with wheel tax money lost 10 to 4 in Rock Island City Council voting.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Work on the nearly completed educational building of the First Congregational Church, Moline, was halted this morning as pickets appeared outside the church.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Wayne Smith, Clark Miner, Barney Hurley and Wayne Taube struggled with the rickety old township jail at Coal Valley when they moved it from a horse pasture to Smith's property, where restoration work will be done. The jail, which is believed to have been built around 1856, will be moved to the Municipal Park once it has been restored.

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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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