Day in history for August 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We have seen some very fine catfish, forty or fifty pounds, caught in the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The reunion of the 112th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, at Cambridge yesterday was largely attended. The address of welcome was by Col. A.R. Mock.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Maureen and Regenia Blake have returned from Minnesota where they spent five weeks.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Residents of the lower end of Rock Island County and a delegation representing the Retail Bureau of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce joined in a happy get together event last evening at the Pine Bluff Methodist Church, west of Illinois City on Highway 84.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A recent Department of the Army directive sent to all Army commands in the Quad-City area directs that as a part of the long-range change in military uniform, the switch from the traditional russet or brown low-quarter shoes with socks to match will be abolished, starting Sept 1, in favor of black shoes and socks.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Purchase of a group of three weekly newspapers in the West Los Angeles area was announced today by Jean Alice Small, president of the Small Newspaper Group. The publications, the Pacific Palisades Post, Brentwood Post and North Shore Mail, have a combined circulation of 27,000.

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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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