Day in history for October 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Democratic County Convention met on Saturday with delegations from all except the two extreme precincts. For sheriff, the delegation nominated Henry D. Cline. Joseph Conway was named to the circuit clerk position and Dr. Henry Fischel nominated as coroner.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi River is 12 feet over the low water mark and some are fearing that a flood is imminent.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Market Square is being decorated for the coming National Farmers' Congress Convention. It has been announced that William Payne will be chairman of the reception committee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ruth Looby of Milan, a teacher in Denkmann School, Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island County Christian Endeavor Union at the annual convention in the Milan Presbyterian Church yesterday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Ordnance Weapons Command at Rock Island Arsenal and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland were sites today and yesterday for the unveiling of new weapons never before shown to the general public.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Aldersgate and Wesley United Methodist churches in Moline will not be merged. Members of Aldersgate voted 50 to 6 in favor of the merger, but members at Wesley Methodist voted 94 to 70 against the proposal.

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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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