Day in history for December 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council has ordered night watchmen to cry each hour of the night, starting at 11 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In November, 840 trains and 13,680 pedestrians passed over the Rock Island bridge. Steamboats through the bridge numbered 226.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Seven steamboats are at Kahlke's boat yards for repairs.

1929 -- 75 years ago
After many years as 145, The Argus telephone number has been changed to 6000. If and when dial phones come to the city, The Argus has been informed that it may keep that number.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Emma Jean Bird is a patient in Mercer County Hospital, Aledo, as a result of demonstrating some intricate steps of the modern dance, a course she took the last six weeks at Western State College, Macomb. While home for the Thanksgiving holidays she was showing her sister, Rita, some dances she had learned. She fell on the living room floor and fractured a bone in her foot.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A pilot was forced to land an air taxi service plane without his landing gear down at the Quad-City Airport this morning after the plane apparently lost use of its engines. The pilot, who was alone, was not injured, and there was only minor damage to the plane.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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