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: 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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