Day in history for November 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The grand jury unanimously indicted James Bowie, editor of the Geneseo Standard, for willful and corrupt perjury, and papers have been issued for his arrest.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Stove Co., which started 10 years ago with a capital of $50,000, has passed into the hands of Phil Mitchell, Frank Mixter and A.M. Blakesly.

1905 -- 100 years ago
F.H. Kelly and Justice D.R. McFarlane returned safely from Ann Arbor where they saw the big game Saturday. They were not in the section of the grandstand that fell, but were witnesses of the accident.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The new John Deere Junior High School in Moline will be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the second semester in January.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College debaters scored seven victories and one loss in winning first place in the invitational tournament at Purdue University.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline workers began grading a 35-acre site this week that will become the first city-owned industrial park. The city purchased the tract at the end of 41st Street, south of John Deere Road, 10 years ago to obtain right-of-way for a drainage ditch project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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