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 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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