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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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