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: 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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