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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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