Day in history for December 12, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
W.S. Baker will lecture on the condition and improvement of the means of popular education at the Baptist Church.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Moline residents will be able to attend the opera at the Harper Theater for the C B And Q Railway has made arrangements for a train to leave Moline shortly before show time.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The board of directors of the Central Trust and Savings Bank re-elected H.E. Casteel as president.

1931 -- 75 years ago
More than $400 has been realized from the Christmas seal sale over the week, Dr. Stuart W. Adler announced today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Phebe Pearsall, Moline, was elected president of the Rock Island County Medical Society last night at a meeting in St. Anthony's Hospital. This is the first time that a woman has held the presidency in the county group of about 122 physicians. Dr. Pearsall was graduated form Minnesota Medical School in 1913 and began her practice in Rock Island County in 1915.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Aljean Denning spent 3 1/2 years on the country-western music circuit. But the 23-year-old Annawan native says she is happier now that she is singing for God. ''A.J.'' as she is known in the Annawan area, will sing at the 10 a.m. service Sunday in the Community United Methodist Church in Annawan.

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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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