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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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