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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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