Day in history for December 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
On and after Monday next, The Argus will be issued as a morning instead of an evening paper.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Illinois City Lodge No. 769, Masons, elected William H. Kistler, worshipful master; John S. Kistler, senior warden; Thomas J. Beverling, junior warden; and William Drury, secretary.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. H.B. Hazen accepted a call to the pastorate of the Edgewood Baptist Church. A council composed of pastors and delegates will meet to consider giving this congregation the status of a regular Baptist church.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Harry VanderBossche, 29, of 1896 18th Ave., Moline, was instantly killed yesterday morning when his shotgun accidently discharged while he was hunting rabbits on the banks of the Rock River.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An owl that got itself entangled in a window shutter at the C.T. Parker residence, 2434 12th St., Moline, early last night was freed by police.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The British Broadcasting Company came to Tampico to learn a little about local color. Producer Mike Hogan said he is ''developing a film leading up to the inauguration of Ronald Reagan'' and clips of Tampico will supply background on his early heritage.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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