Day in history for December 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established at Mill Creek. It's on the Monmouth line. John W. Hynes Esq. has been appointed postmaster there.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Only one load of corn was offered for sale today in Rock Island's Market Square. The roads still are deep in mud and farmers are staying home.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Jefferson and Rip Van Winkle drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
President Hoover authorized the United States to sign an agreement for U.S. adherence to the world court at Geneva. The next step will be to ask Senate approval of the agreement.

1954 -- 50 years ago
What started out to be a hobby now has become a profitable sideline for Mrs. Arthur Sandberg of Hampton. She specializes in making doll clothes, stuffed dolls and repairing old dolls.

1979 -- 25 years ago
If a local cab owner's request is approved, taxi fares for Quad-Cities residents will go up 25 cents per trip as of Jan. 1. Robert Nourse, owner of Irish and Hart cabs, says he has filed notification of the increase with Davenport and Moline officials, and he plans to ask the Rock Island City Council for approval Monday night. If approved, the increase will push the minimum cost of a cab ride to $1.25 per trip.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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