Day in history for January 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus has moved to Charles Buford's new 4-story brick building at the corner of Eagle and Illinois streets. (In 1955, the site of the Cleaveland building.)

1880 -- 125 years ago
Some Knights Templars of Davenport made New Year's Day calls in a log cabin set on top of a band wagon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
''Mother'' Jones, known for her activities on behalf of working men, will lecture at the Rock Island YMCA Jan. 12.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education voted to issue $280,000 in bonds to cover the cost of the Rock Island Public Schools stadium and part of the outlay for the new Denkmann School.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A new rolling mill which will produce aluminum sheet for America's newest look in buildings will be installed at Aluminum Company of America's Davenport Works at a cost of more than $5 million, it was announced today.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School Class of 1959 used $350 left over from their reunion fund to buy a new ''M'' for the school entryway. The old ''M'' had been there since 1959, when their class became the first group of graduates from the school. The current student congress at the school contributed to the purchase and a plaque commemorating the donors should be up soon.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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