Day in history for July 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County Agricultural Society said its annual show and fair would be Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at the fairgrounds.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Blue Ribbon Literary Society of Rock Island held its first meeting at the Ninth Street Methodist Church.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. J. McCrory entertained the head officers of the Modern Woodmen at their home. The occasion was a song recital.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County's courthouse is being fitted out in a new bonnet, the first since the building was erected more than 40 years ago. Workmen of the R.C. Harrington Roofing Co. of Moline began the task of removing the original copper sheeting roof.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Hugo R. Birkhahn, Rock Island, a teacher at the County Farm Home School for Boys, Coal Valley, has caught and mounted about 8,000 butterflies representing from 75 to 90 species found in this area. He uses his hobby to enrich his science classes at the school.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Fair gets rolling next week, and Bernice Bridge, and Marie Pearson, both of Taylor Ridge, have been busy with their paint brushes this week at the little red barn.

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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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