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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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