Day in history for December 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The condition of the sidewalks on the south side of Illinois Street between Washington and Madison is a disgrace.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There was much discussion going on as to the Milan bridge when the charter expires in February. All are agreed that the bridges shall be free, but there is a difference of opinion in regard to the city of Rock Island giving the bridges to the county.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. A.W. Williamson, who recently gave up his chair of mathematics at Augustana College, presented the college with his large and valuable library.

1930 -- 75 years ago
W.L. Spencer, 96, died last evening in Moline, his death terminating an eventful life during which he became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, associated with Indians, engaged in early railroad construction and founded an Oklahoma town.

1955 -- 50 years ago
There will be no ice skating on Prospect Park lagoon for some time because of a leak. The leak was through a storm sewer that goes under the lagoon.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Efforts to preserve Rock Island's 77-year-old Rock Island Lines depot may include sale of shares to the public to pay for its renovation, along with designation as a historic place.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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