Day in history for August 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The concert this evening for the benefit of Trinity Church will take place at Island City Hall.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is rumored that the street car company is to build tracks over the government bridge.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The fourth quarterly conference of the Spencer Memorial Methodist Church was held yesterday. The Rev. F.E. Shult, pastor, was asked to return.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A climb to the summit of Mt. Ranier, where snow is deep and the winds blow strong at 14,408 feet above sea level, has been made by Joseph DeVacht and Merrill OAndrsquo;Melia, both of Rock Island. They were members of a party of 19 youths.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Person-to-person solicitation in the Dr. Mabel Otis Memorial campaign was begun today with an organization breakfast at the LeClaire Hotel. The drive is to raise $16,000 to build a conservatory annexed to the Moline Garden Center at Riverside Park, in memory of the late Dr. Otis, prominent Moline physician and civic worker.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline Public Hospital and Lutheran Hospitals are planning a wedding, but they can still back out before going to the church. The hospitals today announced hiring a consultant firm to develop a consolidation plan.

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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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