Day in history for May 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island city officials approved a contract for building a new city jail.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The annual Rock Island Fire Department equipment display was considered one of the best in years.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus contained a historical account of the Horace Mann School.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Miss Peggy Montgomery, motion picture actress, arrived from Hollywood to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Montgomery, 3309 14th Ave., Rock Island. She was expected to stay here for about three months.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 32-pound fish was caught on a trout line in the Mississippi River this morning by Chet Brenstron, 529 23rd St., Rock Island. The big buffalo nearly fills a washtub.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Raising strawberries is a project that has grown larger each year for the Dean Yoder family of RR 5, Geneseo. When the Yoders put 12,000 strawberry plants in two acres in 1978, they had no idea they would be putting in an additional 16,000 plants last year and 10,000 more this year. With the additional plants this year, the Yoder family has six acres of strawberries to weed.

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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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