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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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