Day in history for June 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Davenport is making extensive arrangements for a Fourth of July celebration. Last year the celebration was held in Rock Island. The plan for alternate observance of the Fourth in these twin cities should be continued.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A small green insect of the aphid order is destroying corn in the Geneseo vicinity. A swarm of such insects attacks a corn hill and sucks the young corn dry.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Conductors and motormen of the Tri-City Railway Co. have completed erection of a clubhouse on Vandruff's Island in Rock River. The 39 members and their families will use the place as a pleasure resort.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Lutheran Synod voted to convene in Rock Island in 1930.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Sale of the old Coaltown School was announced by the Moline Board of Education after a public auction in which C.H. Hardesty, who owns farmland in the area, was high bidder with an offer of $5,000. The school is more than 100 years old. A new school, named the Katherine Butterworth School, will be built in the area.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Robert Verstraete was asking for a little more sleep on Sunday mornings. The bells at Trinity Lutheran Church near his home in Coal Valley are preventing that, he told village board members. The board approved a motion to write a letter to the church property committee, asking them to reduce the volume of the bells.

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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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