Day in history for June 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Dement House at Fulton City will be formally dedicated to the use of the public on Thursday evening by a grand-opening festival.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Capt. Paul Boynton, famous swimmer, arrived here from St. Paul yesterday afternoon. He is swimming to Cairo, Ill. He has been 12 days coming down the river.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Graduates of Augustana Seminary were enroute to Denver today, where they will be ordained by the Augustana Synod.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The number of candidates for the two places on the Rock Island Board of Education to be filled in the election on Tuesday, June 30, was increased to seven today when G.H. Campbell announced his candidacy.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Dredging operations started this morning in the channel of Rock Island's new small-boat harbor near Lake Potter in Sunset Park. About 32,000 or 33,000 square yards of silt will be removed in the $23,000 operation.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It took her a while, more than half a century, but Edith Wilson of East Moline finally got her high-school diploma. She was among more than 300 area students who received their General Education Development, or high-school equivalency, certificate of achievement Wednesday at Black Hawk College.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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