Day in history for June 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have a supply of the recent speech of Senator Douglas printed in pamphlet form.

1882 -- 125 years ago
River men are of the opinion that the June rise this year will prove a serious affair. They are apprehensive of floods.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Official notice was received today by agents of the Rock Island and Burlington railroads that the two-cent fare will go into effect July 1.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A mink coat and a trip of their choice for two Rock Islander's in a national television quiz show in New York City. They are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer W. Copley Jr. They will appear on The Big Payoff to try for their grand prizes.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Jury selection began in County Circuit Court in the trial to determine the price the Illinois Department of Conservation must pay for a 13.9 acre tract near the 110-acre Oak Valley Eagle Refuge at Hampton. The state filed suit in 1980 to condemn the land to prevent its sale to Mississippi Bluff Motel Inc. Conservationists oppose the motel project. They fear it would drive away 55 eagles which roost at the Oak Valley Refuge.

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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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