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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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