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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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