Day in history for October 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
George W. Harris Jr., son of Mr. George W. Harris, one of the early settlers of Rock Island, died last Tuesday after a hunting accident near Andalusia.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Messrs. Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann of Rock Island, Dimock, Gould And Co. of Moline, and Musser And Co. of Muscatine have purchased 12,000 acres of timber in Wisconsin for $120,000.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Modern Magi celebrated the opening of their new lodge rooms last night by initiating a class of 50 candidates.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Austin J. Hollingsworth of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island, returned from the World Convention of the Disciples of Christ in Washington, D.C.

1955 -- 50 years ago
David DeDoncker, 22, East Moline, a law student at the University of Illinois, has been named a student legal assistant to U.S. Dist. Atty. John B. Stoddart Jr., Springfield.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Miss Anna Deere Hewitt, Washington, D.C., became the bride of Joseph Vincent Wolfe, Alexandria, Va., in a ceremony at 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander Hewitt, Rock Island, are the bride's parents. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Vincent Joseph Wolfe, Moline, and the late Mr. Wolfe.

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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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