Day in history for December 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The population of Rock Island is how many thousand? We are utterly astonished upon receipt of the information that the number of pupils furnished by this population to fill our seminary or academy is the insignificant one of but 22.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The monthly meeting of the local branch of the Irish Land League was held yesterday afternoon at Norris Hall. Dan Daly, chairman of the executive committee, made a report and several new members were received.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.P. Eichelsdoerfer returned today from a hunting trip in the course of which he went by mule team from Chamberlain, S.D., to the Bad Lands.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The central depot of The Argus Emergency Relief Committee received wide cooperation as it opened today at 425 17th St., Rock Island. The fund now totals nearly $8,000.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Milan Village Board last night authorized overtures toward bringing back the Memri Drive-In Theater back inside the village limits.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Commonwealth Edison Co. once again is asking for approval to ship spent nuclear fuel from its Dresden Power Station in Morris to the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station in Cordova.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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