Day in history for October 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
James Shurls walked into Butcher's saloon and snapped a double-barreled pistol. It missed fire. Butcher beat the fellow severely. Shurls fired again but missed. The case will be investigated before Justice E.R. Bean, Esq.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Society for the Suppression of Vice dropped its charge against a former mayor as the case was called for hearing. Public opinion had turned against the society, which had charged the ex-mayor with abducting a church organist.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Illinois bankers, in session at St. Louis, elected Carl Helpenstell of Rock Island as vice president of the association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Forty airplanes, making the fifth annual national air tour, landed at Moline Airport. The fliers were welcomed by a crowd estimated at 17,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A delegation from 17th Avenue and 31st Street. A protested to Moline aldermen for the use of a ravine in that area as a temporary site for landfill garbage disposal while regular grounds at 41st Street and 28th Avenue are closed because of the 41st Street paving job.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The First Baptist Church of Cambridge celebrates its 125th anniversary Sunday. Its first services were held in the Henry County Courthouse in 1854, one year after the Village of Cambridge was incorporated.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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