Day in history for December 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Those who say that Rock Island is not increasing both in population and commercial importance, and rapidly, are ''know-nothings.'' Not having sauntered out lately, we were surprised upon the very many improvements in our midst.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Plow Works brigade was to give a ball at the Turner Hall tonight.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Charles J. Pfoh, resident here for 49 years, died this morning at the age of 83. He was born in Germany Dec. 22, 1882, and came to this country in 1847.

1930 -- 75 years ago
DeWayne C. Reynolds, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Reynolds, 1225 19th St., Rock Island, died at 6:30 yesterday morning in St. Anthony's Hospital of injuries sustained Saturday forenoon in a coasting accident.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Bob Motz and Gary McLamarrah teamed up yesterday to win the Men's Double Table Tennis Championship in the Rock Island City Tournament held at the Rock Island YMCA.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Edras Unash, rural Geneseo, got a mystery along with her usual Christmas cards last week. A letter she had written to an elderly aunt in Des Moines 11 years ago turned up among a batch of Christmas cards Dec. 22. The envelope was postmarked 1 p.m. March 1, 1969.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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