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: 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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