Day in history for December 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
It seems to be an indisputable fact that more money is spent for cigars in America than is spent for all common schools.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Coal miners in the upper part of Rock Island County are out on strike and coal for sale in this city is scarce.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John W. Parker resigned as manager of the Tri-City Pasteurized Milk Company to become manager of the Rock Island Skirt Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Injuries from a fall on steps caused the death of Miss Annabella F. Cooke, former Rock Island teacher.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An image, apparently of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, appeared on the picture tube of the television set owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Carlson, 1841 32nd St., Moline, last Wednesday and won't disappear, regardless of whether the set is turned on. An electronics phenomena, the image apparently was burned into the tube.

1979 -- 25 years ago
With President Jimmy Carter staying close to the White House to deal with the Iranian crisis, First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Iowa next week. Mrs. Carter will visit Davenport and four other eastern Iowa communities next week to stump for the president. She will appear at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Davenport Holiday Inn.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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