Day in history for December 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We trust that every person who feels an interest in encouraging home inventors and manufacturers will call at Mr. Graham's stove store and examine the Rock Island Coal Stove.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Father Mackin of St. Joseph's Church purchased the residence now occupied by Dr. French and will fit it up as a school for girls.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Collins Bros., building contractors of Rock Island, were awarded a contract for the construction of 130 buildings on a new branch of the Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Laying of the corner stone of the new $50,000 United Presbyterian Church, 16th Street and 8th Avenue, Moline, will be held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 1.

1955 -- 50 years ago
William Miller's perennial Christmas town thrilled judges as it has thrilled others, and the display at 4027 11th St., Rock Island, was awarded first place in the over-$50 class in the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce Home Lighting Contest

1980 -- 25 years ago
For 20 years the truck served Moline well. Now, as a reward for good service, the old Seagrave fire engine is being turned over to a rural fire department, where it will spend its twilight years in semi-retirement.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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