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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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