Day in history for January 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The great project of lighting Rock Island with gas has been completed, and the celebration of the event came off at the Island City Hotel the night of New Year's Day. The spacious parlors were thronged with the beauty and chivalry of this and surrounding towns.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Emma Abbott is playing in ''Romeo and Juliet'' at Harper's Theater. Last night she came before the curtain to thank her friends in the Tri-Cities who started her on the road to fame as an actress.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Russians are at the end of their resources in their war with Japan. Russia has surrendered Port Arthur, it is reported.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America have chosen a site west of Davenport on which to build a home for the aged.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Authorities are investigating a possible arson attempt at Lincoln School, 7th Ave. and 22nd St., Rock Island. The alleged arson attempt occurred while firemen already were at the school following a false alarm caused by a drop in water pressure in the school's automatic sprinkler system.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A new platform aerial fire truck will be delivered to the Silvis Fire Department in about 16 months following approval of the purchase by the city council.

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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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