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: 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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