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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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