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 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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