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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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