Day in history for December 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Deer meat is cheaper now than beef, mutton or pork. Fresh and tender venison can be bought at 4 to 8 cents a pound.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Paulding, a tragedian, in ``The Fool's Revenge'' is the attraction tonight at the Harper Theater.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George W. McCaskrin announced his candidacy for mayor of Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
President and Mrs. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College arrived in New York on the Bremen after a six-month tour abroad.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Three new postal trucks, painted red, white and blue, were delivered to the Moline Post Office. Moline is the first in this vicinity and among the first in the nation to receive the trucks in the newly authorized colors. The top is white, the fenders, side and hood is blue, and a stripe around the middle is red.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Chief Ron Hansen says Rock Island's police department needs 10 more officers and five more civilian specialists, at an annual cost of $355,000, or else ''our level of services will continue to decline'' because of a rising demand for police action.'' Chief Hansen said calls for service had increased 41 percent, causing longer and longer delays in police responding to citizens.

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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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