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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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