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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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