Day in history for December 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
As usual, The Argus, by printing an extra, provided readers with President Pierce's message to Congress in advance of other newspapers in this region.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Six children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Titterington of Edgington have died of diphtheria within the last eight days. Thus their whole family has been taken away by the fell destroyer.

1904 -- 100 years ago
St. Joseph's Catholic Church is observing its 30th anniversary since its separation. Until 1874 the present English and German churches were under one pastor.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island schools will be dismissed at noon on the day Santa Claus and his reindeer lead a Christmas parade.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 10-year-old Rock Island Girl Scout is the champion of the Little People's Christmas Coloring Contest sponsored by The Argus. She is Dixie Garver, 2907 30th St. Dixie will receive the top award of $15 in cash.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The worst fire in Illini Hospital's 11-year history Saturday destroyed about 5 percent of the 30,000 X-ray records stored in a basement corridor. No one was hurt and no patients had to be evacuated from the Silvis facility. Silvis Fire Chief Mike Leibovitz said he thinks a smoldering cigarette might have caused the fire at 5:11 p.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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