Day in history for November 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Calvin Martin was brought before Justice Swander. He was charged with stealing a cap from Goldberry's store. He was required to find bail in the sum of $25.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. John Rauch, secretary of the state board of health, addressed the Rock Island city council on the sewage problem.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Carl Thomas died last night after an illness of less than 24 hours. He served 30 years at the Rock Island Lines roundhouse.

1930 -- 75 years ago
George Thorpe, 42, was held for investigation in connection with several recent hold-ups, including the robbery of the State Bank of Taylor Ridge, two Rock Island filling stations and a Rock Island grocery store.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Three finalists in the ''Voice of Democracy'' speech contest will present their orations over radio station WHBF in a 45-minute program starting at 9:15 tonight. Art Romans, Judy Katz and Dwight Coffin are students at Rock Island High School.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The next Santa Claus you see could be wearing stolen property. Four or five red corduroy Santa suits trimmed with white fur and six or seven white wig-and-whiskers sets were taken from The Rental Center, 1340 31st St., Rock Island.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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