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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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