Day in history for June 2, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The city authorities think that 75 cents a day is about as much as laborers are worth who are engaged on the streets. The laborers think otherwise and have decided not to go to work at that price.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The High School Alumni Association will hold a special meeting at the rooms of the Board of Education to complete arrangements for the annual reunion.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Albert Huber of Rock Island was elected vice president of the State League of German Catholic Societies.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Miss Iva C. Pearce, head of the speech department at Augustana College for the past 27 years, taught her last class at the college this week. Miss Pearce retired from the school of oral expression which she founded in September, 1906.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A capacity audience, swelled by the hundreds of alumni and parents of 1958 graduates of Augustana College, on campus for commencement weekend activities, packed the gymnasium for the annual home concert of the Augustana Choir.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Coolidge Junior High School might be closing, but thanks to a variety of memorabilia, it won't quickly be forgotten. The school is offering commemorative yearbooks, a choir, band and orchestra album, and a history of the school for sale at the school until June 17.

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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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