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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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