Day in history for June 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Wednesday, last, quite a large crowd of Mormons was here enroute to Salt Lake. While here some of the agents of Jim Lane endeavored to get them to go to Kansas.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles will entertain the Moline Company tomorrow night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At the meeting of the directors of the Rock Island Savings Bank, officers were chosen as follows: President, Phil Mitchell; vice president, H.P. Hull; cashier, P. Greenawalt.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Efforts to have construction work started this summer and fall on the entire $5,000,000 9-foot channel project in the Mississippi River at Rock Island are being made by government officials.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The City of Rock Island will have a five-man delegation present tomorrow when the new Gateway Bridge crossing the Mississippi River on U.S. Highway 30 between Clinton, Iowa, and Whiteside County, Ill., is opened for traffic and formally dedicated.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A painting of the Rock Island County Courthouse, by Quad-City artist Paul Norton, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the county. The painting shows the gold dome that Norton remembers from his youth in Rock Island. The dome was removed in the late 1950s.

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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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