Day in history for December 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the Rock Island County Agricultural Society will be held Wednesday at the courthouse to elect officers for the coming year.

1882 -- 125 years ago
John Evans, the popular liveryman of Rock Island, has moved to his new quarters opposite the west side of the Post Office on 17th St. It is the largest and most complete livery stable in the three cities.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Miss Margaret Giles, who recently was appointed visiting nurse for the city by the Visiting Nurse Assn., began her work the first part of this week.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The second Santa Claus fund frolic will be held over radio station WHBF. It will continue as long as there is someone to pledge a gift to the cause of making little children happy.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The annual Christmas dance for members of Oak View Country Club and their guests will be Saturday night at the club. Music for dancing will be provided by 'The Five Sharps,' a local orchestra.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A tip of the hat is in order for members of Doric Masonic Lodge 319 in Moline, who are providing about $6,000 to buy microcomputers for Moline's elementary schools. The gift is important. How to operate and program them - is going to be nearly as important as reading and writing within a few years.

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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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