Day in history for June 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The 42nd regular meeting of the Young Men's Association will be held at the city library tonight. The resolution to be offered declares that the slaves in America suffer more from oppression than the poor of Europe.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Because of the scarcity of wheat, flour has advanced in price 30 cents a barrel.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The 15th head camp session of the Modern Woodmen of America will convene in Peoria June 16.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An executive committee composed of representatives of the city of Rock Island, the Tri-City Federation of Labor and the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce was formed to take charge of organizing a community campaign to obtain necessary signatures of depositors to put into effect the plan of State Auditor Edward Barrett for the reopening of the Rock Island Bank and Trust Co.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Competition in drag racing and aerobatics will be offered Sunday afternoon at the Quad-City Drag Strip, located north of Cordova on Route 80.

1983 -- 25 years ago
An aggressive corporate-wide energy management program initiated by Deere Andamp; Co. in 1973 has saved, to date, more than 70.1 trillion BTU'S - enough to heat approximately 520,000 homes in the Midwest for one year. This represents a cost avoidance of more than $280 million.

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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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