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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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