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: 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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