Day in history for October 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad Co. invites the attention of farmers to the fertile lands adjacent to their road which are offered for sale upon low terms and long credit at low rates of interest.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Drew, canvasser for the Encyclopedia Britannica, has taken orders for the books in Rock Island, Moline, Milan and Davenport aggregating $15,120.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The village board of Silvis drafted a telephone franchise to be presented to the Union Telephone Co. of Rock Island in the event the company extends its service to Silvis.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Application was made to the federal radio commission at Washington, D.C., for transfer of the license of radio station WHBF in Rock Island from the Beardsley Specialty Co. to a new corporation to be known as the Rock Island Broadcasting Co.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Appointments of Donald D. Karr as circulation manager of The Argus and Lawrence V. Lund as city circulation manager were announced today.

1982 -- 25 years ago
'Heroes' is the name of a recently completed film celebrating Hispanics who have fought and died defending the United States during wartime. Tony Terronez, a Silvis resident who helped make the film, screened the movie for the Silvis City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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