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.

Back: Available days in December 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

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.




(More History)