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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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