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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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