Day in history for December 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The high school boys have laid the foundation of a fine library some day with the purchase of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary at Porter's Store.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Plans have now been made to rebuild the Rock River bridge in Moline which was carried away last winter by the ice. Work will begin soon.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A number of Rock Island residents are having their fortunes told by the smoked paper method. An imprint of the hand is taken and sent to Chicago for the reading.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Ray Schoales Jr., Rock Island, completed requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout at the Rock Island area council Boy Scout court of honor last night at scout headquarters.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A campaign is under way to create a 50-acre lake as a water playground at Rock Island County's Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, west of Andalusia.

1982 -- 25 years ago
More than 20,000 pounds of government surplus cheese will be given to the unemployed and low-income families in the Quad Citites. The cheese is being given to the local Salvation Army and will be distributed by union officials at three local halls. Families are entitled to one 5-pound box of cheese each. The unions will distribute 4,788 boxes in the Illinois Quad Cities.

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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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