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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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