Day in history for December 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
In a letter to the editor, a reader complains that the Rev. Dr. Hayes desecrated the pulpit at Rock Island's Thanksgiving day union services. Dr. Hayes injected politics into his sermon when he attacked Senator Douglas for his sponsorship of the Kansas-Nebraska bill compromise on the slavery issue.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Overseer of the Poor Sweeney distributed $446.90 in November to 105 persons needing relief in this township.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Dr. R.F. Sweet, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church for 20 years, died in the Battle Creek sanatorium of Moline.

1929 -- 75 years ago
When the rope of a scaffold broke in Davenport, William Courtney, a sign painter, fell 40 feet to his death. Russel R. Welbourn, Rock Island, grabbed a rope at his end of the scaffold and dangled until firemen rescued him.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Construction started Tuesday on a new warehouse and offices for the B And M Electrical Distributing Co., 2727 5th Ave., Rock Island. The estimated cost is in excess of $100,000.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Davenport gospel singing group, ''Alpha'' from Westside Assembly of God Church, captured first place in the talent search for opening acts for the Dec. 7 Pat Boone gospel music concerts at the Masonic Temple.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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