Day in history for December 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The A.R. Presbyterian Festival at the Seminary Wednesday evening was well attended.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Today was one of the coldest days of the year as the thermometer registered a temperature of seven degrees below zero.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Frederick Weyerhaeuser, wishing Augustana College a prosperous new year, sent a check for $10,000 as a gift for the support of the institution.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Many Rock Island County teachers will attend the annual convention of the Illinois State Teacher's Assn. to open Monday in Springfield, with Justin A. Washburn, president of the association and Rock Island County Superintendent of Schools, presiding.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two of five planning stages have been completed, and architects are working on two more for Rock Island's new Federal Building and Post Office. The building will face 19th Street, but will have entrances also on 2nd and 3rd avenues

1980 -- 25 years ago
Minerva Jacobson keeps her secret well-guarded. She won't tell strangers the recipe for the Swedish rusks she's made in her bakery in Galva for more than 50 years. Jacobson's Home Bakery has gained a low-key, but widespread, reputation because of the rusks.

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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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