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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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