Day in history for December 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Galesburg now has railroad transportation to Chicago and the Central Military Tract railroad is being pushed from Galesburg to Monmouth.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Coal is very scarce in Rock Island. Not a pound was available in the yards on the levee at 10 o'clock in the morning. Most of the miners in the county are on strike.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A buggy was stolen last night from William Klockau's wagon shop.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester C. Thompson today banned Saturday midnight shows at one of the smaller Rock Island movie houses. He acted following investigation of the shows by the Parent-Teacher Association.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Erie Fire Department was called to the Harold Brooks home at 10 a.m. Monday when an automatic washing machine exploded. Mrs. Brooks had washed some articles of clothing in gasoline and then washed them in hot water. Thinking all of the gasoline was out of them, she then put them in the automatic washer which exploded and blew the door off.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island grocery store has been disqualified for six months from participating in the federal food stamp program by the Department of Agriculture. Gate-O-Lane Market, 1501 5th St., has been accepting food stamp coupons for ineligible items.

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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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