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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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