Day in history for May 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
William Frizzell was appointed postmaster of Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A temperance lecturer from Logan County, Ill. was arrested in Rock Island for drunkenness. He said he was scheduled to deliver a lecture that same night and observed that many of the most successful temperance lecturers became intoxicated at times.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Professor V.O. Peterson, Rock Island, was elected secretary of a company which was to operate a rubber plantation in Mexico.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Moline firemen discovered four separate fires burning simultaneously upon answering an alarm at the residence of B.A. Shearer.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island City Health Department today received a $2,750 reconditioned sprayer which will be used in the department's campaign against insects.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Seventeen Atkinson High School seniors will be banned from graduation exercises Friday because of misbehavior at school last week. The Atkinson School Board met with teachers, parents and students in a special closed session and voted to take the disciplinary action against the seniors.

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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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