Day in history for December 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A company of men from Boston will bring machinery with which to saw and store ice from the rivers, so that Rock Island next summer will not be caught short of ice, as it was in 1854. The company has leased an ice house here and will supply the town and steamboats next season.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Three bicycles arrived on the express train today. One is for Ben T. Cable, one for Charles W. O'Neill and the third for another young sportsman, Forey Heath.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Jonas Bear, Rock Island clothing merchant, has been appointed on the grand lodge committee of Rock Island Odd Fellows.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Kathleen A. Neary, 6, reigned as Little Queen and Marilyn Post, 6, as Spirit of Love today. Chosen in an Argus contest, the girls rode with Santa Claus and his reindeer in the Rock Island Christmas parade.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island resident has received one of the highest achievement awards which Braniff Airways makes to its employees. Harold Lindgren has been named the star salesman of the month. Lindgren and his wife will receive a vacation trip to Cuba.

1979 -- 25 years ago
State officials say the Rock Island School District can best cope with declining enrollments by closing five schools. That option is one of four outlined in an Illinois State Board of Education study unveiled at the district's board meeting Tuesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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