Day in history for August 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Prof. A. A. Griffith, who is at present engaged in giving a course of lectures on elocution to a class in Davenport, proposes to visit Rock Island the first of next week to see if a class can be formed.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Captain Edward H. Dunavin of Company A has completed arrangements for a rifle match at the local range on Labor Day.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
About 1,000 screaming teenagers helped singing idol Tommy Sands celebrate his 21st birthday in Moline last night.1983 -- 25 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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