Day in history for December 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We are under obligations to the Hon. John Wentworth for a large, beautifully printed volume containing the full reports of the explorations of all the different railroad routes to the Pacific.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. W.H. Truesdale and daughter, with Miss Jessie Topping of Terre Haute, Ind., are here on a visit with Dr. Truesdale and family.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Elks Club will unite with the Moline Elks tomorrow and memorial exercises for departed members will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Moline, where M.J. Dougherty of Galesburg will be the speaker.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An outline of activities for the coming months was given by Harold L. Davis, new general secretary of the Rock Island YMCA last night in his first formal meeting with the directors of the association.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Information about the proposed annexation of Milan to Rock Island will be studied and reported by a fact finding group known as the Milan-Rock Island Merger Study Committee.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A storm packing winds of between 20 and 30 mph dumped 1.6 inches of snow on the Quad-Cities overnight, triggering a rash of traffic jams and minor accidents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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