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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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