Day in history for July 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The lady John VanBuren is to marry is a daughter of former Senator McDuffie, deceased of South Carolina. She is wealthy, accomplished, beautiful and thirty.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Prof. F.B. Gamwell of Holliston, Mass., was elected principal of the Rock Island High School.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A committee consisting of J.H. Cledan, president of the Old Settlers' Assn., J.D. Heck, Thomas Campbell and Phil Mitchell conferred this afternoon about measures to preserve the old homestead of Col. George Davenport on the island of Rock Island.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Deputy sheriffs seized a 100-gallon still in operation, two barrels of mash and 50 gallons of alcohol that had been run off, in a raid south of Silvis. In a pursuit in which about twenty shots were fired, they captured one man, but at the end of a six mile chase were eluded by another man near the Short Hills County Club.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Operations at the Sylvan Island Republic Steel Corp. plant will continue for approximately one month after cessation of the United Steel Workers strike against the parent firm.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The future of John Deere School, 910 18th Ave., East Moline, is up in the air since Western Illinois University decided to move from the building last week.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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