Day in history for December 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
About noon today, Thomas McGrath, a drayman, was badly hurt by a kick on his head from his horse while it was frightened and running away.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. O.W. Van Osdel was surprised by a number of his friends who came loaded with baskets of things to eat.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Gen. William Crozier, chief of ordnance, U.S.A., departed at noon today for Washington after his annual inspection of Rock Island Arsenal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Canning Factory at 49th Ave. on the banks of the Rock River is being razed. The late Elliott D. Fisher, 4700 12th St., Rock Island, was manager for about 20 years and later Lorin Darling served in that capacity.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Edward P. Denkmann, 88, of 122 4th Ave., Rock Island, son of F.C.A. Denkmann, co-founder of Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann Co., died at 2 yesterday afternoon in Moline Public Hospital after an extended illness.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials of the Moline Foundation today presented the Moline Public Library with the largest grant the institution has ever received, a $400,000 gift that will help finance construction of a $1.1 million facility at 3130 41st St., Moline.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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