Day in history for May 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was the beginning of fine weather we hope. The roads could not be worse than they are now. A few days of sunshine will bring them around again.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Businessmen's Association will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight in the city hall.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The car on the Milan stub line jumped the track last night on the way to Milan.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The address at the commencement exercises for the 1933 Rock Island High School graduating class will be delivered by Dr. G.A. Andreen, president of Augustana College and Theological Seminary, it was announced today by Earl H. Hanson, principal. Exercises will be June 2 at the Augustana College gymnasium.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Bicycle Safety Week in Moline will open Saturday with bike riders taking tests in an attempt to qualify for a safe rider certificate and a sticker for bicycles. Mayor Arnold R. Smith has proclaimed the period of May 10-17 Bicycle Safety Week.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Moline High School Building Trades class are constructing a cover for the old Lincoln-Irving School bell in front of the new Lincoln-Irving School. Students Mark Bergherer and Lan Duong, were assisted by Ray Norris, the building trades instructor. The old school burned several years ago.

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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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