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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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