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: 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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