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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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