Day in history for October 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Old Pioneer Bookstore of H.A. Porter And Brother lists several new works for sale. Included in the shipment is the third volume of Irving's Life of Washington and Burton's narrative of his pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Good duck hunting is being enjoyed in the Meredosia bottoms.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The new Free Methodist Church will be dedicated tomorrow. Bishop W.T. Hogue of Evanston will be in charge of the service.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Children of the Rock Island Public Schools will honor the memory of Thomas A. Edison tomorrow afternoon while funeral services are being held for the inventor at West Orange, N.J.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Ruth Lewis was booked at 12:30 this afternoon on a charge of jaywalking in downtown Moline. A Moline policeman, operating a police traffic safety truck, said he saw Mrs. Lewis start across 5th Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts., and that he warned her over the public address system on the vehicle.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline wrestler Marty Mahieu returned from the Pan-American Games in San Cristobal, Venezuela, as a bronze medalist on the championship United States team. Mahieu, competing in the 149-pound class of the Greco-Roman division, finished third in the overall competition to claim the medal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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