Day in history for October 22, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Delegates of the National American County Convention met at the courthouse in Rock Island recently and appointed Charles Buford, chairman and E.D. Bowers, secretary.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Robert Lenn, foreman at the Rock Island Mill, fractured his arm yesterday afternoon.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football team defeated the Washington, Iowa, team Saturday afternoon by a score of 58 to 0.

1931 -- 75 years ago
E.H. Sohner, superintendent of the Farmall Plant, said today that beginning Nov. 1 the plant will operate on a four-day weekly schedule instead of three days.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Open house continues at the new $1,500,000 Scott County Courthouse today following an impressive dedication yesterday, which attracted more than 2,000 persons. The only aluminum clad county building in the United States, it was dedicated by Gov. Leo A. Hoegh as a symbol of a strong, sturdy, efficient and honest local government and as a tribute to the keen spirit of progress as displayed by the people of Scott County.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Another 60 employees of International Harvester's Farmall Plant in Rock Island will be laid off. Spokesman Bob Eggleson said 30 will be laid off today and another 30 will be laid off a week from today, Oct. 30.

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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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