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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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