Day in history for September 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
After touching below 30 degrees, the thermometer climbed back to more seasonable temperatures this afternoon. More frost is expected tonight.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The low water over the Rock Island rapids, renders navigation very difficult and even rafting is accomplished with the greatest difficulty. Navigation on the upper river is almost at a standstill.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island branch of the WCTU. Mrs. Ella Taylor was named corresponding secretary.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The synodical Sunday services at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rcok Island yesterday were attended by 1,000 in the morning and by more than 800 in the afternoon. Churches in Rock Island, Henry, Scott, Clinton and Muscatine Counties were represented at the meetings.

1957 -- 50 years ago
When Shriners assemble in Rock Island Saturday for the Western Illinois Shrine Ceremonial, including a colorful parade at 6:30 p.m. and a pageant 'Shrine on Parade' at the Rock Island Public Schools Stadium at 8, they will be representing some 700,000 Shriners in North America.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Old Timers Salvation Army Brass Band helped the Salvation Army's Moline corps celebrate its 90th anniversary at the corps headquarters, 520 12th St.

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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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