Day in history for May 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Harry M. Adams is now agent for some of the best reapers and mowers manufactured in this country, among which is the celebrated Manny machine. He can be found at his store at the corner of Illinois and Washington Streets.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Mott will appoint a superintendent of streets at the City Council meeting Monday. The appointment is an important one as the condition of Rock Island streets is deplorable.

1908 -- 100 years ago
William McConochie will leave May 8 for a trip through Europe. He will be gone four months.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Clarence E. Hodson, R.A Jacobson and L.B. Wilson were today named as judges of the High School Students' Travel Opportunity contest, which is being sponsored by The Argus and 57 cooperating business houses of Rock Island. Winners will receive trips to the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Most Rev. William E. Cousins, Bishop of Peoria, dedicated the $150,000 convent of St. Joseph's Parish, Rock Island, in brief ceremonies late yesterday afternoon. Several hundred persons were present for the dedication of the building at 13th St. and 3rd Ave.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Coolidge Junior High School band won a first division rating in state competition in Princeton Saturday.

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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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