Looking Back Orion

compiled by Lisa Samuelson
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15 Years Ago

August 3, 2006

Another chapter n the long history of Warner Castle will be written when a feature film crew arrives to shoot interior and exterior scenes for the Avati brothers’ newest production.

Near the end of Ralph’s World concert on Wednesday, July 26, bandleader Ralph Covert invited all the children to come on stage to play guitar, drums and any oher instrument they chose during “Treehouse Orchestra.”

At the Rock Island County Fair, Caleb Seys of rural Coal Valley showed the grand champion steer in both the junior open show on Friday, July 21, and the opn show on Saturday, July 22. The steer also was the shorthorn champion in both shows.

Three Orion girls received honorable mention on the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus All-Area track team. They were Megan Maher, Abby Owens and Emilie Padgett.

25 Years Ago

July 25, 1996

The Orion Alumni & Friends first annual golf outing was held at Indian Bluff Golf Course, Milan on Saturday, July 20. Thirteen teams entered the four person preferred ball tournament. First place went to Dan Rumler, Tom Smith, Rod Woodley and Tom Zambrand at 14 under par. First place in the second flight at six under par were Troy Hamilton, Al Haars, Jerry Johnson and Bart Sampson. These teams donated their prize money to the Orion education Foundation. According to Rod Woodley, chairman of the Orion Alumni & Friends, the tournament raised more than $1200 for the Orion School system.

The Moline Assembly International Order of Rainbow for Girls held a meeting Saturday, July 27 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Moline. Appointed officers include Valerie Border, patriotism, Martha Leader, confidential observer; Sarah Leader, outer observer and Kimberly Newton, choir director.

Orion football mothers line up at their sons’ position during Varsity Coach Todd Williams’ football clinic on Saturday morning, July 27 at Orion High School. They include Margie Emmert, end; Linda Thomsen, tackle; Jean Tennant, guard; Dawn Cox, center; Tina Tennant, guard; Bobbi Thomsen, tackle and Janet Magee, tackle. In the back field are Andrea Fisher, quarterback; Liz Rogers, fullback and Becky Barnes, tailback, Gloria Grafton, wingback. For three hours, the mothers learned about drills, plays and gear.

Eric P. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Young of Coal Valley, received a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University, Peoria on Saturday, May 18.

50 Years Ago

July 29, 1971

Rev. Myrvin L. Holmberg, pastor of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church her in Orion for the past 12 years has announced his resignation as pastor of the church and will conduct his final service on August 8. He announced his retirement to the local church council on July 21 and to the congregation during the worship services Sunday morning.

The Orion Lions Club has announced they will sponsor an ice cream social in the village park on Saturday, August 7. Ice cream and topping will be served at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith McGill have moved from Mrs. Maxine Keleher’s apartment on Fourth Street to their newly built residence on 1523 Seventh Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Fredell of Lincoln, Nebraska, who spent a month with Mrs. Carl Fredell and other relatives returned home Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pella of Technsch, Nebraska who came to attend the Fredell reunion.

100 Years Ago

July 28, 1921

A three-day baseball tournament will be held at Osco ball park on August 5, 6 and7 and double header games will be played each day between four fast teams, which will prove of series of much interest to the fans of the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Palmgren and daughter, Hazel, of St. Paul, MN and Miss Edith Palmgren of Rock Island, visited Mrs. Jennie Palmgren Wednesday.

Helen and Phyllis Stevenson are visiting Mrs. Effie Anderson Johnson near Woodhull.

Mrs. Wm Huston and daughter, Rachel, spent Tuesday with friends in Moline.