Day in history for September 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some of our learned scientists announce that the comet at the present time is about 87,000,000 miles from the earth and that its tail is about 6,000,000 miles long.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.W. Foss, professor of history at Augustana College, will leave next week for India, where he will engage in missionary work for a year.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island area quartet, the Vi-Counts, is the winner of the Illinois state Barbershop Quartet Contest. The contest was in Chicago Saturday in connection with the state convention of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. Members of the Vi-Counts are Robert L. Maurus, Rock Island, Max Laser, Wilton Junction, Iowa, Jack L. Moore, Moline, and Robert K. Livesay, East Moline.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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