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.

Back: Available days in December 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






(More History)