Day in history for December 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Although the river is closed at most points by ice, the ferry John Wilson still crosses back and forth every day here.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Impossible roads again kept farmers from coming to Rock Island to trade today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bethany Home has rejected an offer of the Gilpin Moore homestead at $12,500. (Note: A year later the children's home bought the property and occupied it for 36 years.)

1929 -- 75 years ago
Clarence Roper will manage the Rock Island professional baseball team in 1930. He has been managing the team at Kingston, N.C.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Three-quarters of an acre of property was added to the Rock Island High School grounds at a cost of $15,000. Joining the high school parking lot on the west and bounded on the south by 25th Avenue, the lot is 125 by 288 feet. School board members agreed to purchase the lot and a seven-room frame house on it from Mrs. Cora Sanderson.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Alcoa Reclamation Center today raised the price paid for returned aluminum cans to 25 cents per pound. The previous price was 21 cents. The center is located on Bellingham Road, west of the Davenport Alcoa plant. Since August 1978, the center has processed more than 247,775 pounds of cans from the Quad-City area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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