Day in history for December 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There is plenty of gas now, but of such a base quality as to drive people from the houses where it is used. It has already been shut off from some hotels, stores and private houses, and candles substituted.

1880 -- 125 years ago
W.G. Morris and J.F. Angrum announced themselves as candidates for sheriff.

1905 -- 100 years ago
James M. Buford, president of the Rock Island Savings Bank, died at 11:30 this morning at his home. He was born in Versailles, Ky., in 1832, a son of the late John Buford, who moved with his family to what was then the village of Stephenson, the present Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson of Rock Island today announced he will be a candidate for a third consecutive term.

1955 -- 50 years ago
On Christmas Eve, a life-size portrait of herself was given by Mrs. Charles F. Carpentier, 256 16th Ave., East Moline, to her husband, the Illinois Secretary of State. The oil was done by Ladd Yuhash, Rock Island, and is 35 x 48 inches.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Phillip Nelson, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Moline, is leaving after 11 years there to become pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, northwest of Chicago.

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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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