Day in history for November 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Stone and Boomer have commenced the work of raising the great railroad bridge. The trestle work for one span is nearly completed and we shall soon see the network of the bridge stretching out to the first pier.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Florence Herbert combination opened a week's engagement at the Harper Theater with ''Lost and Won.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
''The Two Johns'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater tomorrow night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Greater enthusiasm for the presentation of the Passion Play by the Freiburg players at Augustana College Jan. 4, 5 and 6 was manifested at a meeting of the Passion Play general committee. Frank E. Brandt, chairman, presided and announced the appointment of new committee members.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport city plan commission began study of proposals by the U.S. Army to build a $150,000 armory on a four-acre tract on Cram Field.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Colona man has been accused of shooting a cow with a .50 caliber black-powder, muzzle-loading rifle. The shooting occurred in a field south of the U.S. 6-Illinois 84 junction in Colona Township.

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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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