Day in history for December 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A company of our citizens has bought 80 acres between Rock Island and Camden for a cemetery. We hear that Judge Bailey, Holmes Hakes, Judge Spencer, Mayor Harper, former Mayor Frizzell, N.B. Buford, Charles Buford and M.S. Herrick are the prominent men in the company.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island's principal streets have been leveled and macadamized, sidewalks have been built all over town and gullies have been filled under the administration of Mayor E.P. Reynolds.

1904 -- 100 years ago
William Annawalt, 41, formerly of Rock Island, was killed when he was hit by a train at Grenola, Kan. He was assistant superintendent of the Rock Island Lumber Company's yards throughout Kansas.

1929 -- 75 years ago
President and Mrs. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College were honored at a surprise party on their return from Europe.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline streets will get the salt treatment this winter in order to combat slippery driving conditions. The street department is scheduled to get delivery within less than 30 days of a new chemical spreader.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline Fire Chief Don Maroon said today he will oppose the implementation of a paramedics program that would train firefighters in emergency room medical techniques.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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