Day in history for August 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Dr. J.R. Hayes has opened an office in Leas And Sons new block on Madison Street, opposite Union Square. His card can be found in our paper today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new plank sidewalk is being laid on the east side of the First Baptist Church and a new drain pipe put in from the end of the church adjoining the residence of the pastor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The mile track races begin tomorrow. The Rock Island will run trains to the track every 15 minutes. Four $1,000 stake races are to be pulled off during the week, one each day, with 16 to 24 entries in each race.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Burglars ransacked the electrical store operated by the firm of Leithner And Weishar, 1616 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A building permit to construct a swimming pool at the Tallcorn Motel, Davenport, was issued to Frank Smith today. It will be the first motel pool in the area.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Whiteside County farm family has been named a sweepstakes winner in the state 1980 Conservation Family of the Year Awards. The Doug Vandermyde family of rural Morrison was honored at the annual meeting of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Springfield.

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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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