Day in history for December 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A new furniture store belonging to Charles P. Hengstler was opened next door to Henry Ziegler's Grocery Store on Illinois Street opposite the United States express office.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.J. Carroll, an employee of the Buford Plow Works, had his left eye badly injured when a fragment of steel entered it while he was working at the cutting and punching machine.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Gen. William Crozier, chief of ordnance, received a committee of citizens from the Tri-Cities, the members of which were concerned about the diminution of the working force at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The bodies of a mother and daughter were found last night seated beside a small gas range, their heads bowed over three open gas jets. The two, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Haines, 79, and her daughter, Miss Effie Haines, 52, had been despondent due to ill health.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Negotiations for sale of industrial sites included in property to be purchased by the Rock Island Lines located on the fringe area of Milan will get underway soon.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are investigating an incident in Riverside Cemetery where somebody dug a 1-foot deep hole in a grave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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