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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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