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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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