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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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