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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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