Day in history for October 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Dempster will give a vocal concert at Second Presbyterian Church tonight.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Republicans held a procession last night with a big display of fireworks.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A literary club to be known as ''The Royal Family'' was organized last night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butler. Frank Butler was elected king and Mrs. E.H. Dunavin, queen.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Charles J. Correll of ''Amos and Andy'' fame visited Rock Island with his wife, Marie. Correll was formerly a Rock Island brick layer.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The first ''conscience'' letter received by Modern Woodmen of America in its 72-year history makes $10 cash restitution of theft of a wooden file case. Headed ''Somewhere in Kansas'' the anonymous letter said: ''Some years ago I appropriated to my own use one of the M.W.A. wooden file cases. I do not know the value, but Montgomery Ward And Co. lists a similar one at about $5. Enclosed is $10 to pay for it.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A budget of $83,250, up almost $28,000 from 1980, has been approved for the 1981 fiscal year by the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps board of directors. A major portion of the increase will be used to purchase new equipment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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