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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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