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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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