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: 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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