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: 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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