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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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