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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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