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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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