Day in history for December 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We have examined the state of the works at the gas establishment and can inform our citizens that there will probably be little or no improvement in the quantity of gas for five or six days to come. Work upon the improvement or enlargement is continued day and night, and seems to be progressing as fast as can be expected.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Sheriff Josiah L. Perkins resigned his post today.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen members of the Rock Island High School were presented with ''RI'' emblems at the close of school yesterday afternoon.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The peak of the Christmas mailing rush was reached today at the Rock Island Post Office.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An impressive life-size nativity scene has been erected at the Quad-City Airport through the combined efforts of the employees of the airport and the United Airlines. The set occupies the plaza area facing the terminal building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Vandals broke windows in 88 cars with pellet or BB guns in Moline this weekend. The vandals focused on two areas, the Heritage Addition south of John Deere Road and in central Moline between 12th and 28th Avenues in the 34th Street vicinity.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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