Day in history for November 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Henry Farnam, president of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, was here Wednesday and is urging all possible speed in the completion of the bridge spanning the Mississippi.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The ferry boats Annie Girdon and the Minominee went into winter quarters here.

1905 -- 100 years ago
``The Two Johns'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater tomorrow night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's youth came forward today with a mightly avalanche of food for the relief of the city's unemployed. The lobby of the Fort Theater, which cooperated with The Argus in holding a ``Grocery Matinee'' this morning, was heaped with contributions from more than 300 boys and girls.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Approximately 200,000 Quad-Cities residents faced a severe milk shortage today as 300 workers in nine dairies went on strike to enforce demands for higher wages.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Brooks McCormick's last day of work at International Harvester Co. marked, to the day, his completion of 40 years with the company. McCormick retired as chairman of IH's executive committee at age 63 1/2, a year-and-a-half before Harvester tradition required him to.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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