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: 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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