Day in history for December 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A dancing academy has been opened in Empire Hall by Prof. Robinson. Call and shake a foot.

1882 -- 125 years ago
J.R. Johnston is the oldest notary public in Rock Island, in point of continuous service. His first commission was issued in 1865.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Despite the recent financial difficulties which have affected the business world, the registration at the Rock Island hotels yesterday was much larger than for several years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
In a Big Nine Conference game, featured by excellent defensive play on the part of both teams, Rock Island High School's basketball quintet last night bowed to Canton, 17-14, in the Canton Fieldhouse. It was the first loss suffered by the Islanders in three games this season, Hugo Birkhahn, Harold Fink and Kenneth Johnson turned in the best performances for Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co. exercised the final option today on the 675-acre site southeast of Moline where it will build a new center for many of the company's head-quarter activities.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Roger C. Wahlheim, Geneseo, was presented the Eagle Award by the the Boy Scouts of America. He is one of two percent of all Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle rank. He cleaned and painted the Cole cabin, a Scout cabin, as a service project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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