Day in history for December 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday we noticed Mr. P.P. Sanders delivering an eloquent oration upon the sublime beauties of his patent knife sharpener and glass cutter.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The investigating committee of the County Board of Supervisors will make a report tomorrow.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Ella Godfrey was elected oracle of Prosperity Camp No. 3831, Royal Neighbors of America.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An attempt to murder Lewis R. Gaylord, former deputy sheriff, presumably in retaliation for his activities against bootleggers, was made last night when a bomb was exploded at the side of his home, 739 25th St., Moline.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Ben H. Potter, 55 Hawthorne Road, Rock Island, died at 11:15 this morning in the Potter residence following an extended illness. Mrs. Potter was the wife of the editor and co-publisher of The Argus and president of Rock Island Broadcasting Co., which owns and operates WHBF.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Students at United Township High School have been busy as Santa's elves, putting the finishing touches on 30 wooden cradles and 30 wooden fire trucks. The toys, being fashioned in industrial arts and home economics classes, will be given to children at Christmas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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