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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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