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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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