Day in history for October 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A meeting of Rock Island's German citizens will be held at the courthouse next Wednesday evening at 7 for the purpose of establishing a German paper, in cooperation with the Davenport Democrat. Plans are to make one-half of the Democrat a report for Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Greenback meeting in Turner Hall last night was very poorly attended.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Wallack Theater Co. opened a three-day engagement tonight at the Illinois Theater with ''For Home and Honor.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Three bandits held up the State Bank of Taylor Ridge this morning, escaping with nearly $900 in currency and silver.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Most Rev. Ralph L. Hayes, Bishop of Davenport, accompanied by priests of the diocese, blessed the ambulance entrance of the new Mercy Hospital addition this morning and read prayers of dedication.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A reduction in federal funds forced the Moline School Board Tuesday to increase the half-pint price of milk for students from 5 to 9 cents effective Monday. School district comptroller Terry Kramer said the district could lose $18,000 during the school year without the price hike.

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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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