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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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