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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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