Day in history for February 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The bill to authorize another ferry at this point lost in the lower house of the Illinois legislature by one vote. The bill had passed the senate earlier.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''Two Orphans'' is the play at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.C. Craig has consented to be the Republican Party candidate for mayor.

1930 -- 75 years ago
George C. Perrin, counsel of Modern Woodmen of America, was elected president of the National Fraternal Lawyers Association.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Orville Bryan of Rock Island successfully defended his Quad-City match championship title in checkers for the second time in two weeks Saturday in the clubrooms in Davenport, this time against his second challenger, Derwood Fogle of Colona. Bryan won 12 to 8.

1980 -- 25 years ago
More than 300 engineers, clerical and hourly workers have moved into a new product engineering center for Deere And Co. in Silvis. The 180,000-square-foot building, west of Illinois 5 and 92, is a research and development center for Deere combines. Advanced test laboratories, shop space for building new models and a test track for proving design quality and durability are part of the building design. The center will be operated as part of the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline.

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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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