Day in history for August 26, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Our friends who want small flags for decorating their teams on the 6th can get them by sending orders to The Argus office.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A dispatch from Washington to The Argus said that President Garfield was very low. Secretary of State Blaine thought there was still room for hope.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The German-American Press Club of Illinois, at its meeting held at the Harms Hotel, elected as its president Val J. Peter, editor of the Volks-Zeitung of Rock Island.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Township will ask the board of supervisors at its session Sept. 8 to order a levy of $100,000 against the assessment of this year, for pauper support and relief of indigent soldiers.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A total of 2,970 free chest x-rays were taken during the first three days of the county wide program conducted by the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Assn. in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Linda Miller, newly elected Illinois president of the National Organization for Women, visited the Quad-Cities this morning, the 61st anniversary of the day women were given the right to vote, to celebrate passage of that ammendment and to begin the drive for passage of another, the Equal Rights Amendment.

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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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