Day in history for October 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Miss Bridges writes from Dixon that she will be in Rock Island tomorrow night to give one of her dramatic readings.''Widow Bedott'' will be among the reading selections.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College will honor the memory of Lars P. Esbjorn, first president of the institution, at a service today.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 980 persons attended the Illinois Baptist State Convention rally last night at Moline High School. The First Baptist Church, Moline, is the host church and the Rev. Elwood K. Wylie is the host pastor. The convention continues through tomorrow.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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