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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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