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: 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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