Day in history for November 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The warehouse built by Ainsworth And Lynde on our levee is the largest building in town, being 40 by 150 feet and three stories high. It is used by the firm of Wait And Co. for the forwarding of freight by steamboat or railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A year ago crops were poor, money scarce, business prostrated. Hard times prevailed. This year there is marked improvement and we have more to be grateful for on Thanksgiving.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Showered by beans while he was riding on a street car, Constable A.F. Schmid hopped off, chased a gang of boys and captured the ringleader on 15th Street.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Charles J. Correll, formerly of Rock Island, and his partner have agreed to do their Amos 'n' Andy radio show twice daily. Correll will earn $100,000 a year.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Even if we didn't have a calendar, we'd know today is Thanksgiving. Because this is the day The Argus Santa Claus invariably picks to announce the opening of his annual appeal for funds to provide gifts for needy boys and girls of Rock Island this Christmas.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Albert Fritsch, Carbon Cliff, drives a little white three-wheeled van that gets nearly 40 miles per gallon. The vehicle, which dealers call a delivery van, costs between $4,000 and $5,000.

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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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