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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