Day in history for December 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The day was mild and fair, closing with a pleasant dance at the Island City Hotel and another at the Mansion House.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Ice men were expecting a greater harvest this winter than for 10 years past.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Madame Helen Modjeska, the famous actress who appeared at the Illinois Theater, viewed the great Rock Island bridge, of which her son, Ralph Modjeska, was the designing architect.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The 27th Street car was damaged yesterday in Moline when a trolley pole at 11th Avenue snapped off and struck the rear of the car.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The surprise was so complete that the sister of a Moline woman, whom she hadn't seen for 24 years, couldn't be convinced of the relationship during Truth or Consequences, a television program seen on WOC-TV. Mrs. James Barton was skeptical of the identity of Mrs. Melvin Hanson Jr., Moline, when they met face to face.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Long-delayed plans to test the Oak Glen Home water system received another setback when engineers tried to lower a new pump into the old well shaft. Part of the old well shaft apparently collapsed when the old pump was removed and the new pump wouldn't fit.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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