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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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