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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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