Day in history for August 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The ladies of the Second Presbyterian church of the city of Rock Island, informed the citizens of said city, on Wednesday, through the columns of the Argus and Commercial, that they had chartered the Rock Island ferry boat for the purpose of giving a picnic party for the benefit of the Second Presbyterian church. Owing to the inclemency of the weather on Thursday, the excursion was postponed until Friday the 27th instead.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Steamer T.J. Robinson has been decommissioned as the Rock Island-Davenport ferry. A new boat is being built at the Kahlke boat yards.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The 17,000th pint of blood to be given in Henry County since the inception of the Red Cross Bloodmobile program was given at Geneseo yesterday by the Rev. Elmer F. Sahlgren, pastor of the Geneseo First Lutheran Church.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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