Day in history for December 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi at this point is in fine boating order, though at a very low stage. The steamer John Wilson runs regularly every day as a ferry. The thermometer is at 36 above 0 and the weather is of the most delightful character.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Two massive lamp posts have been put in front of the main entrance to the Rock Island House. Fancy globes will surmount the posts, which will add much to the appearance of things about this popular hotel.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Calvin A. Beardsley owns a rare old history and geography book published in 1793.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A wild duck, flying low over the streets in the Aledo business district, was captured by Hays Hall.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Scott County has 5,409 farm dwellings, it was reported by Donald E. Incze of Davenport, crew leader who was in charge of the 1954 census of agriculture conducted by the Department of Commerce.

1979 -- 25 years ago
It appears that one or more Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines were broken in Sunday's discharge of 4,000 gallons of radioactive water from the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station in Cordova. The NRC and Commonwealth Edison Co. are investigating the incident. The radioactive water flowed into the plant's spray canal, from which an undetermined amount was dumped into the Mississippi River.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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