Day in history for December 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
One span of the Mississippi railroad bridge is now nearly completed.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Republican county convention to nominate a sheriff will be held on Jan. 3. The election takes place on Jan. 25.

1905 -- 100 years ago
E.C. Hart, who has served for 14 years as a salesman for the Hartz and Bahnsen Co., is to resign with the new year and devote his attention to interests in North Dakota, although he will continue to live in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Christmas stock climbed skyward in Rock Island today as The Argus Santa Claus paid annual dividends of happiness among needy children. Some 2,000 children received the profits of an unparalleled season of giving as a dozen trucks trundled throughout the city delivering toys and other gifts.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Clarence V. Huff Jr., Rock Island, today completed a four-year apprenticeship at the Rock Island Arsenal as an artillery field mechanic.

1980 -- 25 years ago
If you consume too much Christmas cheer in your favorite bar this holiday season, Bob Nourse has a present for you, a free cab ride home. Nourse, owner of six taxicab companies based in Rock Island, said his offer begins today and ends Jan. 1.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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