Day in history for November 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the Rock Island Library Board, it was resolved that the Library Hall, after the arrival and arrangement of the books, be opened two successive days for the admission of all citizens desirous of visiting the rooms.

1880 -- 125 years ago
George Lamont left for St. Louis last evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
About 20 of the playmates of William Hansgen were his guests yesterday at a party given in honor of his birthday at his home, 848 20th St., Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Businessmen of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline and Silvis joined with residents of Port Byron, Rapids City, Hampton and Cordova yesterday in celebrating the formal opening of the East Moline-Port Byron link in Highway 80 paving.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Texas Cow Girls, female basketball team, will present an exhibition game on Dec. 6 at United Township High School. They will play the men's team of the East Moline Square Deal Coal Co.

1980 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs began work Monday as an accountant at the East Moline Correctional Center. Jacobs said Warden Richard Gramley hired him late last month for the $15,000-a-year post.

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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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