Day in history for December 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Many feet of sidewalk were laid in different portions of the city over the past week. All others should comply with the city ordinance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
People have wondered why the bell for the First Ward engine house has been rung so often lately. The answer is that there have been a great many birthday anniversaries for the boys to celebrate.

1907 -- 100 years ago
One of the most cheering signs of the times in Rock Island is the revival of industry at the plant of the Rock Island Plow Co. More men are being put to work to satisfy the demand.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Edward M. Farrell, former assistant rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island and now director of the Guiding Angel Orphanage of Peoria, will address the men of Sacred Heart parish at a meeting in the school auditorium tomorrow night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A forecast of clear skies and mild temperatures for tomorrow promises an end of the 'slush storm' which hit the Quad-Cities area early this morning, leaving 1.09 inches of moisture.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Irish Rugby Football Club of the Quad Cities elected its officers. They are Earl Strupp, president; Mike Grothusen, vice president; Ron Klafffke, treasurer, and Mike Watkins, match secretary.

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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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