Day in history for December 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The condition of the sidewalks on the south side of Illinois Street between Washington and Madison is a disgrace.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There was much discussion going on as to the Milan bridge when the charter expires in February. All are agreed that the bridges shall be free, but there is a difference of opinion in regard to the city of Rock Island giving the bridges to the county.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. A.W. Williamson, who recently gave up his chair of mathematics at Augustana College, presented the college with his large and valuable library.

1930 -- 75 years ago
W.L. Spencer, 96, died last evening in Moline, his death terminating an eventful life during which he became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, associated with Indians, engaged in early railroad construction and founded an Oklahoma town.

1955 -- 50 years ago
There will be no ice skating on Prospect Park lagoon for some time because of a leak. The leak was through a storm sewer that goes under the lagoon.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Efforts to preserve Rock Island's 77-year-old Rock Island Lines depot may include sale of shares to the public to pay for its renovation, along with designation as a historic place.

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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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