Day in history for December 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Our usual pleasant weather has returned again and promises us something agreeable for winter.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Central Temperance Society was to give an entertainment at the Christian Chapel tonight.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A telegram brought the news yesterday of the death of Charles R. Harrington, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Harrington, at Hot Springs, Ark. He was 21 years of age and was born and raised in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thursday, December 18, was selected as the date of the dance planned by the Rock Island Lodge, No. 956, Eagles, for the benefit of The Argus Santa Claus and Emergency Relief Fund.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Miss Susann McDonald, harpist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. McDonald, Rock Island, is featured in the December issue of Listen Magazine, a high fidelity and FM guide published in Chicago. The article quotes several authorities on the excellence of Miss McDonald's artistry.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''The Happy Bear'' emblem still grins outside the Bear Manufacturing plant in Rock Island, but inside there's little to smile about. A hundred jobs at the 63-year-old firm are going down the drain as of next Friday, when operations begin to shut down.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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