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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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