Day in history for June 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The National Grand Lodge of the American Association met in convention in Rock Island and was attended by delegates from many states.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Officers were elected by the Rock Island High School Alumni Association: Paul Hamilton, president; E.B. McKown, vice president; Miss Ella Taylor, secretary, and Miss Ada Cook, treasurer.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Knauer was elected to head Arsenal Lodge 274, Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A major broadcasting company beamed the blow-by-blow description of the Jack Sharkey-Max Schmeling heavyweight championship fight to Germany via short wave.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Stella Duytschaever, Rock Island, incurred a minor head injury when four cars of an 11-car Rock Island Lines train rolled over her on the westbound tracks at 12th Street in Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois UPI Editors Saturday presented the first Len H. Small Memorial Award for Community Service Journalism to Lee Strobel of the Chicago Tribune. Strobel was cited for a series of stories on the controversy surrounding the Ford Pinto.

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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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