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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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