Day in history for January 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island post office has been moved to the new 4-story brick building of Bailey And Boyle between East and West Eagle streets at Illinois street. The rooms are airy and lighted by gas. The office has 800 mail boxes, 142 of them key boxes. J.S. Kelly, Esq., postmaster, should be congratulated for not sparing pains or expense.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island is a fast-growing city and needs a hospital to which the floating population can be taken for proper care during emergencies of accident or sickness.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Thirty farmers in the Coal Valley-Orion area have formed a vigilante organization and will prosecute hunters who trespass on farm lands.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island won the Big Nine basketball tourney by handing Canton its worst defeat in three years. The score was 14 to 6. Canton had beaten Moline, 11 to 10. All teams used the stalling tactics made famous by Canton.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The first 1955 baby born in Moline is Mary Ann Hennenman who arrived at 4:34 a.m. in Moline Public Hospital.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 35 reports of damage, amounting to an estimated $1,750, have flooded Rock Island police because of a pellet gun-wielding vandal apparently trying out his weapon on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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