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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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