Day in history for December 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The night express from Chicago to Rock Island ran off the track at Sheffield Tuesday morning through the carelessness of the switch tender, and did not arrive here until 3 p.m. No injury was done beyond the detention of the passengers and mails.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that hereafter no excess of clerk hire will be allowed in any county office.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Tomorrow night the attraction at the Illinois Theater will be ''The Maid and the Mummy.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Numerous modifications in plans for the locks and dam at the foot of the Rock Island rapids, some of them sweeping in proportion, were urged at a public hearing conducted by the Federal Board of Rivers and Harbors in the Rock Island County Court House this morning.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City Marine Corps Reserve collected 13,941 toys as of this morning for its 1955 Toys for Tots campaign.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Ralph and Edith Watkins can remember when the whole area from Bettendorf ''on up'' the Mississippi River to Princeton was a succession of onion fields. Today Watkins, who has grown onions for 62 years, is one of only three onion growers left.

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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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