Day in history for November 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the city council last night, a bill in favor of the Rock Island Gas and Coke Co. for putting in street lamps was presented. The bill amounts to $3,000.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A heavy snowstorm is in progress.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The play, ''Forty Years of Freedom,'' will be given at Turner Hall next week for the benefit of the McKinley Baptist Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Eagles Lodge No. 956 hopes to have a class of 50 candidates up for adoption Tuesday evening in honor of the coming of Judge J.C. Canty of Galveston, Texas, grand worthy president of the Eagles.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County students drank an average of 33.2 quarts of milk each in school milk programs during the year January, 1955, to January, 1956. The consumption applies to 28,766 students in the 34 schools, out of the county total of 46, participating in the milk program. The goal of the milk program is 45 quarts per student each year.

1981 -- 25 years ago
President Ronald Reagan's tie clasp will be sold at the Winning Wheels Charity auction Saturday. Administrator Paul ''Doc'' Yackley said the clasp was received this morning at the center. Yackley said the tie clasp has Reagan's signature etched on it and shows the Presidential Seal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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