Day in history for December 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The meeting at the courthouse last evening was organized by appointing the Hon. John Kistler chairman and Messrs. Wharton and Pershing secretaries. The meeting unanimously adopted a resolution to support the railroads.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Dr. McGaw, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church, preached this morning on ''The End of the Journey.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. L.S. DuBois of Pasadena, Calif., were guests of the Rev. and Mrs. W.S. Marquis.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hundreds of boys and girls gathered under overcast skies to welcome Santa Claus to Rock Island and watch his triumphant procession through the loop business district.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A new, lightweight passenger train, designed and built by General Motors at LaGrange, is now being tested and checked on daily runs from the Silvis Yards of the Rock Island Lines. A crew of about 18 to 20 General Motors engineers are making the runs and checking every development of the experimental model.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The finishing touches were being put on Alpha's new supermarket, LeRoy's Jack and Jill, when the first customer, resident Jack Zuidema, walked in about 8 this morning.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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