Day in history for December 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We learn from Dr. Ciolina that a German butcher was bitten in the hand by a rabid dog. The doctor was called in less than 10 minutes and extirpated the infected part, then exploded the wounds with gun powder and, after cauterization, dressed the hand.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Charles G. Hengstler is a Republican candidate for county sheriff.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Oscar A. Barnhart, once interested in the Rock Island Union, died in Chicago last week.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An escaped convict sought for more than a week by Rock Island police as the shotgun bandit who recently staged a series of holdups here is in a hospital in Chillicothe, Mo. He is Ross Castle, 24, who escaped from the state penitentiary at Joliet Dec. 2.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County school officials expressed unanimous opinion that it would be completely impractical to use the former watch factory on Vandruff's Island as a high school building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Silvis trees are being trimmed, treated and wrapped under the direction of Daniel Voltz as part of the city's new forestry program. The 26-year-old East Moline man was hired two weeks ago to begin nursery and tree care programs for Silvis residents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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