Day in history for October 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Professor Lee's Dancing Academy, which was scheduled to be held this evening at Empire Hall, has been postponed until next Monday evening. Young people will welcome this opportunity for evening amusement during the winter months.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Anthony and Ellis' ''Uncle Tom's Cabin'' is the attraction at Harper's Theater this afternoon and evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football team defeated Sterling Saturday by a score of 28 to 0.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Hennepin Canal, closed since washouts of embankment in the vicinity of Wyanet and Tiskilwa, will be opened to traffic again Tuesday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Earl H. Hall, Silvis, is the author of ''As Time Went By,'' a volume of 58 poems published by Comet Press Books, New York City. Hall, an electrician in the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines Railroad, has been termed ''the poet laureate of Silvis.'' He has lived in Silvis for 50 years.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, opened Sept. 1 after a $500,000 gift from Birger and Lyal Swenson of Rock Island, houses more than 8,000 volumes, extensive personal papers of prominent Swedish immigrants and microfilms of church records and Swedish-American newspapers.

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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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