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.

Back: Available days in December 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









(More History)