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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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