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 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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