Day in history for June 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Under the new management of J.E. Downey, the Rock Island House Hotel underwent a complete redecoration. The owners were making plans to construct a 40 room addition to the building.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island was the scene of a big Turner celebration. The Turners from many other communities were also in attendance.

1905 -- 100 years ago
William Jackson was elected president of the Rock Island board of park commissioners. E.B. McKown was named secretary and Otto Huber, treasurer.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Bobby Jones led the field by a stroke and five other Americans were in the first nine at the close of the second round of the British Open Golf Championship.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An airplane flying 4,000 feet above Silvis will be the scene Sunday morning of a marriage ceremony uniting a young Quad-City couple. Miss Glenda Kay Jordan, 16, Silvis, will become the bride of Armon O. Baney, 22, East Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Expansion of the Oak Valley Eagle Refuge near Hampton is one of the 22 natural lands purchase the Illinois Department of Conservation has proposed for 1980-1981.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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