Day in history for January 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
John R. Stafford was brought before A.F. Swander Esq. on Tuesday last for passing counterfeit money.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A meeting of the Irish Land League was held yesterday, Daniel Daly presiding.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Carl C. Countryman of Chicago has been secured to give an entertainment at the YMCA Friday night. He is a popular impersonator.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Registration for the new semester at Rock Island High School reached a total of 1,073 pupils and with late entries was expected to be slightly more than 1,100.

1956 -- 50 years ago
United Township High School's rifle team scored a double victory last night in a match at Moline High School. Varsity boys defeated Moline's first team and East Moline girls defeated the Moline boys' second team. In a practice session preceding the match, Diane Walker of East Moline shot a perfect score of 100.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It's a long way from Varmland province, Sweden, to Rock Island County, but Birger and Lyal Swenson haven't forgotten their roots. The Rock Island couple is donating $500,000 to Augustana College to establish archives and a research center documenting the emigration of Swedes to North America.

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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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