Day in history for January 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Minnesotan says ''a gentleman from Rock Island drove 300 turkeys, some wild, some tame, to St. Paul and sold them for $2.50 to $3 apiece. We should like to know the name of the gentleman who could drive 300 turkeys from Rock Island to St. Paul.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Viola has come down the Rock Island rapids to do some towing for the Keokuk and Northern Packet Company.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island YMCA is soon to have an orchestra, a feature of association activity which has not been known in Rock Island for several years.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Birtman Electric Company of Chicago has bought the Rock Island Manufacturing Company and will expand the factory.

1955 -- 50 years ago
M.C. Samuelson, a farmer of near Ophiem, left a note for his milkman ordering butter with a signed check, the amount and payee left blank. Samuelson complained to Sheriff George Nelson that his milkman left the butter as requested, but made himself the payee and put the charge at $250.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mary Gustafson's Christmas present was something she had on her ''dream list.'' The gift from husband Glendon was one share in the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The certificate was accompanied by an official Cubs Christmas card.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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