Day in history for May 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The picnic to Coal Valley Saturday was postponed because of rain. Many of the little ones were sorely disappointed.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harmony prevailed at the Rock Island Council meeting last night and a large number of bills were passed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The side wheeler, War Eagle, one of the fastest boats on the Mississippi, arrived from downstream this afternoon.

1933 -- 75 years ago
'The decision of the Illinois Supreme Court in declaring the Illinois 3 per cent sale tax unconstitutional this afternoon was welcome news to Rock Island merchants. R. A. Jacobson, managing secretary of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, said when informed of the ruling.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Four stone walls were all that remained today of the Galesburg Public Library as a result of a fire that caused damage estimated at nearly one million dollars to the building and its contents last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Bill and Chuck Bealer of Colona recently became a father-son Dispatch Super Bowler combination by each bowling 700 series. Both compete in the Port Byron-Rapid City league. Bill Bealer achieved Super Bowler status with a 701 series that included games of 243, 245 and 213. Chuck became a Super Bowler with a 706 series that included games of 216, 268 and 222.

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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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