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.

Back: Available days in December 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




(More History)