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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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