Day in history for November 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Ben Harper, who was elected mayor of Rock Island without opposition last week, was sworn into office today.

1879 -- 125 years ago
B.J. Orton of Cambridge has taken two fine hogs to the fat-market show in Chicago. One of Orton's hogs weighs 850 pounds and the other 900.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Carl Busch of Moline, a switchtender, was killed today when he was crushed between two freight cars. He was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital, where his sister is a nurse.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Contract for construction of Denkmann Elementary School was awarded today to Stoehr and Palmgren for $147,228.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A combined post office and federal building for Rock Island has been approved by the federal budget bureau at a cost of $2,111,000, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Washington, D.C.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two Quad-City bowlers proved they compete in an aptly named league when they rolled successive perfect games at Highland Park Bowl Monday night. Just minutes after Chris Bauman of Davenport rolled his first 300 ever in the Highland Masters league, Mike Einfeldt of Silvis duplicated the feat. It's the first time in Quad-City bowling history that two bowlers have rolled perfect games in the same league on the same night.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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