Day in history for December 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There will be a great turkey shoot on Dec. 24 about a mile-and-a-quarter above Moline on the River Road.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Board of Supervisors was investigating the accounts of former county treasurers going back for quite a long period.

1905 -- 100 years ago
After a conference with authorities, three saloons that had been closed were reopened and the saloon licenses returned.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A heavily armed bandit staged two holdups in Moline about 11 last night, wounded a porter by accident and escaped with $94 after forcing 15 customers in a soft drink bar to stand with arms upraised.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Expenditures totaling $2,005,500 in the Quad-City region are included in the $127,305,000 Illinois highway construction program for 1956, announced today by Gov. William G. Stratton. Rock Island County is marked for $1,095,500 in state spending for road and bridge construction and land acquisition.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Fifty Rock Island firefighters battled freezing temperatures and high winds for more than six hours overnight before quelling a blaze early today that gutted the Rock Island Labor Temple, 2100 3rd Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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