Day in history for December 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A large fat steer raised by Mr. Joseph C. Gilmore of Millersburg, Mercer County, was slaughtered at the yard of Messrs. Adam And Engle, and will be served up to their customers at the old Boston Market. The steer was five years old and weighed 2,000 pounds.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus published no paper today, but in its issue of yesterday wished all its readers a Merry Christmas.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Christmas programs were held in many churches today and the great holiday was the occasion of many happy family and institutional gatherings.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Wennerberg male chorus of Augustana College will leave tomorrow on an 11-day concert tour in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline police made an investigation of a report by citizens in the 4th Ave. and 7th St. neighborhood last night that a man was cavorting through the alleys clad only in shorts. They couldn't find anyone answering the description of the male Godiva.

1980 -- 25 years ago
That wasn't St. Nick driving the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District bus this morning on the Black Hawk-Heritage run, it was just Lester Brereton of Silvis in a Santa suit.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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