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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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