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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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