Day in history for June 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday we were given new potatoes, raised by Mr. Albert in his garden. We believe them to be the first of the season.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Sheriff Reticker has returned from Decatur where he attended a state convention of county officers.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Walter A. Rosenfield motored from Chicago to Rock Island in the machine of M.C. Allen of Moline.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Nearly 400 volunteer solicitors were on hand at 8 this morning to take the field in the campaign for signatures on depositors trust agreements to put into effect the plan for reopening of the Rock Island Bank Andamp; Trust Co. Paul A. Dahlen is chairman of the campaign.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a 12-room medical clinic opposite the East Moline City Hall will begin about July 1, it was announced today by Dr. George A. Cook.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Illinois 84 at 19th Street in East Moline will reopen Tuesday, announced R.C. Wehner, district engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation. The roadway has been closed at the railroad crossing just north of Illinois 92 (17th Street) in East Moline since May 31, when Brandt Construction Co. began reconstruction of the crossing. The patience of the traveling public has been appreciated, said Mr. Wehner.

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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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