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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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