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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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