Day in history for December 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A meeting of the citizens of Rock Island will be held in the courthouse in relation to the R.I. And Peoria Railroad and the Warsaw And Rockford Railroad.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.L. Adams was elected as the noble grand of Ucal Lodge No. 608, Odd Fellows.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Irving Thompkins of Buffalo Prairie died of pneumonia. He was 38 years old and is survived by the widow and three children.

1930 -- 75 years ago
It was announced in Washington that a supplementary appropriation of several million dollars for nine-foot channel work and a Rock Island dam were to be asked by the War Department. A $6,500,000 dam at Rock Island was announced as one of the first major steps in the proposed channel program.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Plans for further expansion of the Quad-City Airport during the next four years at an estimated cost of more than $4 million were announced by the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The jury that found former Rock Island chief accountant Margaret Kinion guilty of 63 counts of theft Tuesday first decided she was guilty of the charges, then decided she was sane when she stole the money.

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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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