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: 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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