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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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