Day in history for November 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
General Tuxbury, owner of the Island City Hotel, and one of his friends from Pittsburgh drove to the Green River prairie and brought back from their hunt two fine deer. The deer was served for dinner at the hotel Sunday.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Again we are compelled to record another death by the premature discharge of a hunter's shotgun. Walter Hubbard, 16, was killed instantly when his gun fired as he was jumping out of the way of a handcar on the railway tracks.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two miles of city water pipes have been laid so far in 1904, Waterworks Supt. P.T. Bancroft said.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Eleven Tri-City deaths are attributed to a cold wave. For three days the temperature has been 25 degrees below normal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $12,000 tractor being used by contractors at Moline Public Hospital was extensively damaged by vandals Monday night. All the gauges on the big tractor were broken, the fuel tank cap stolen and the tank stuffed with mud.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline firefighters found themselves confronted by a smoldering heap of garbage today after a Dawkins P And R trash truck picked up ashes, which later ignited. The truck spun into the alley adjoining No. 2 fire station on 26th Street Place and dumped its load at 8:51 this morning.

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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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