Day in history for November 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The railway cars are running 20 miles into Illinois from a point opposite Burlington, Iowa, on the Peoria And Oquawka railroad. Stagecoaches take passengers over a 24-mile gap to connect with the Central Military Tract railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Iron Moulder Union will hold its annual ball in Timm's Hall Nov. 26. The moulders always put on a first-class dance.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Union services will be held in Central Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving day, when the Rev. O.W. Lawrence will give the sermon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Bryce R. Winbigler, 51, a Rock Island physician and surgeon, died of a heart attack.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Due to an epidemic of damage to street lights in Rock Island, city officials today requested citizens to notify the police department immediately if they have any information that might lead to the apprehension of the vandals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Damage to six new International Harvester combines was reported at $60,000 to $80,000 at the International Harvester East Moline plant, 1100 3rd St. East Moline police said plant guards called officers to the IH plant about 6:37 a.m. Thursday, and police found a 1460 combine engaged and running. The combine had been started and struck other combines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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