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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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