Day in history for August 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island children and adult singing class made plans to meet every Friday afternoon and evening in the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Republican rally was held in Dart's Hall. J.W. Green and Mayor J.M. Beardsley were the speakers.

1905 -- 100 years ago
L.L. McDonald, general secretary of the YMCA, resigned this position to accept the post of Boys Work Secretary in Elgin.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Paul Montgomery, Murphysboro pilot, confessed to special investigators that he was the pilot of an airplane which flew over Profidence, Ky., coal fields and from which bombs were dropped.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Alphonse Jodts, Cambridge, an exhibitor at the Henry County Fair for more than 25 years, has won more blue ribbons than she can count. The Cambridge woman came through with her usual large share of ribbons at the 96th annual Henry County Fair which has been in session this week.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Davenport Packing Co., Inc., Milan, has been ordered to turn over its $295,000 operating bond to the Illinois Department of Agriculture to help pay livestock suppliers the company owes. The firm also surrendered its Illinois livestock buyer's license.

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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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