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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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