Day in history for June 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
J.J. Beardsley, Esq., sold Alanson Sennett, of Ohio, sixteen acres of land lying on the road between Rock Island and Moline, and being the premises upon which he now resides, for $300 per acre. Property appears to be advancing in that direction.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island had 140 telephones in use with orders for several new ones. Davenport was using 225 and Moline 65.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Democratic County Central Committee, it was decided to hold a congressional convention here on Aug. 16.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two gallons of alcohol in a wall cache, with a siphon tube to draw it, were confiscated by Rock Island police last evening in a raid at a residence in the east end of the city.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Five brothers of Moline were among the 47 persons who completed applications for citizenship yesterday at the Rock Island County Circuit Clerk's office. They are the Kalomalos brothers, of 501 27th St., natives of Greece, who came to this country Feb. 14, 1951.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Bethany Home West, 805 19th St., Rock Island, closed after almost two years of service to area unwed mothers and their babies. The sale of the building is pending to the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

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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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