Day in history for December 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
By far the most elegant, costly and luxuriant carriage we have seen of late is a new one just brought to town by Messrs. Davis And Edwards for the use of their livery stable on Washington Street.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Central Presbyterian Church has been presented with a magnificent pipe organ valued at $4,000.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Allyn Fleming, formerly employed on tri-city newspapers and now connected with the New Orleans Times-Democrat, is here on a brief vacation.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A new 18-hole golf course for Rock Island and vicinity is being planned by Benjamin Harris, 1043 20th St., Rock Island, on 95 acres of ground between Black Hawk State Park and Memorial Park Cemetery.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Silvis Mayor Orville Morgan is featured in the November issue of the Rocket, Rock Island Lines magazine. The story tells Morgan's dual role as Rock Island Lines assistant superintendent and mayor of Silvis.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mark A. Willard, a 24-year-old Moline native, believes he has made the world's longest gum wrapper chain. Willard plans to keep working on the chain, 525 feet long the last time he measured, until it is one-mile long from tip to tip.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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