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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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