Day in history for August 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The most elegant coach in this city is the new one just received for Farnam House. It was manufactured at the celebrated Downing's Coach Factory, Concord, N.H., and cost about $800.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Marion McCreery, wife of R.D. McCreery of Rural, died Thursday evening aged 40. She leaves a husband and seven children.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The County Bar Association appointed a committee to arrange for a memorial to the late Colonel E.J. Searle.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, left this morning to attend a convention of the Episcopal Church.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Bill Smith, possibly the greatest amateur wrestler in the United States, last night was declared ineligible and barred from further AAU competition for the rest of his life. Smith received $400 as wrestling coach at Rock Island High School last year. This makes him a professional.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Seven area residents have been arrested following a five-month probe into the theft and resale of hundreds of cartons of cigarettes. The investigation centered on several Rock Island taverns and was conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Rock Island Police Department and the Illinois Liquor Commission.

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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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