Day in history for October 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The members of the bar of Rock Island County expressed deep regret at the death of Col. D.G. McGown, a Rock Island lawyer.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Democrats of Rural township held a rally last night which was addressed by Dr. J.F. Todd of Galva. There was a torchlight procession by the Rural Hancock Club, headed by the Milan cornet band.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The annual banquet of the Young People's Assn. of Broadway Presbyterian Church, a feature of the 23rd anniversary meet, was held last night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Leon W. Mitchell of Rock Island, vice president of the Rock Island Stove Co., was elected president of the board of directors of the Rock Island Welfare Assn.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The investigation into the arson attempt at McKinley School, Moline, is broadening in scope. The fires, all small, were started under a basement stairway, in the cafeteria and in a washroom.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Postcards from the collection of Aretta Watzel currently are on display at the Rock Island Public Library. The cards, dated from the turn-of-the-century to about 1915, include scenes of past Rock Island landmarks, familiar Quad-Cities sights and greeting cards.

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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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