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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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