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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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