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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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