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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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