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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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