Day in history for September 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Dr. Robert J. Wilcox of Sheffield for some very fine grapes. They are the celebrated Isabella variety.1883 -- 125 years ago: The street and sewer payroll amounted to $1,330.72 for the first two weeks in September.1908 -- 100 years ago: Dr. Oscar Montelius, a world renowned archaeologist of Stockholm, Sweden, will lecture in Rock Island on Nov. 2.1933 -- 75 years ago: Pastors of the three Methodist Churches in Rock Island have been reappointed to their present charges by Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf of Chicago.1958 -- 50 years ago: A new $4.3 million acute diagnostic and medical-surgical building is in the offering for East Moline State Hospital if Illinois voters approve the $248 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election. The money will be part of $81 million set aside from the bond issue for institutions in the department of Public Welfare.1983 -- 25 years ago: Bob Parker of Davenport claimed $200 and a trophy for his first-place finish in the sixth annual regional duck-calling contest Sunday night sponsored by Mississippi Flyaway Wildlife Inc., an area conservation group. Parker will compete in the world championship contest to be held in Stuttgart, Ark., in November.

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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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