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: 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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