Day in history for November 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Business houses in the city will be closed for Thanksgiving Day tomorrow with a general observance of the day planned.

1881 -- 125 years ago
There was a robbery in a boarding house here yesterday and guests complained of losses of more than $60.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a dispatch from Rome today saying that a bomb had been exploded in St. Peter's in an attempt to destroy the pope.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Gov. Louis L. Emmerson today dedicated the new $900,000 cottage plan reformatory for women in Dwight. Miss Helen Hazard will be the first superintendent. She is a former Rock Island resident and graduate of Augustana College.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A spectacular fire swept four huge barns and a silo at Homewood Farm on Coaltown Rd. southeast of Moline late yesterday afternoon, causing damage that may reach $200,000. Dr. W.H. Otis, Moline city physician, the present owner, discovered the fire in the loft of one of the barns.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A nearly 100-year-old eagle feather Indian fan was reported missing from the Hauberg Museum in Black Hawk State Park Tuesday. The theft of the 2-foot-wide, eagle-feathered fan used by Sauk or Mesquakie Indians marks the first time the growing problem of large scale museum theft has hit the Quad-Cities.

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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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