Day in history for June 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have been informed that it is not a steam, but a one-man power ferry boat that is running from Moline to Gilberttown.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harper's Theater was crowed last night for the annual commencement exercises of Rock Island High School.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Churches of Rock Island will observe Sunday as Children's Day.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Albert Brandenburg, Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, last night at the Masonic Temple.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The largest American Flag ever made by the Regalia Manufacturing Co., Rock Island, is being completed and will be delivered within a few days to a riding club at Wever, Iowa. The huge banner will be carried between six horses. The flag is 18 by 36 feet and Mrs. Florence Turner and Mrs. Bessie Baker did most of the work on the flag.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Several days of site preparation work are needed before the wrecking ball demolishes Jordan Catholic School, 214 14th St., Rock Island, the site of the new Rock Island County jail. Workers were at the site today erecting a fence that will contain falling debris. Water and sewer lines have to be shut down, and telephone and electric power lines must be removed before demolition can begin next week.

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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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