Day in history for December 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A baker's cart passed the editor on Illinois Street today. The boy carrier was playing an accordion accompaniment to the music of the horse's sleighbells.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Attendance was large all three days of the Rock Island Gun Club's trap-shooting tournament at the club's East Rock Island park.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Tom A. Marshall of Keithsburg, the famous sharpshooter, has finished a tour of eastern cities and will leave for South America to give shooting demonstrations. The Remington Co. is so pleased with his work that it has raised his salary to the snug sum of $1,000 a year.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thomas B. Reidy was elected president of the Rock Island Real Estate Board.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers who apparently hid in McCabe's Department Store, 1713 3rd Ave., Rock Island, until after it closed Monday night, broke into the large store safe on the third floor and escaped with an estimated $12,500 in cash and checks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities will be among the first Illinois communities where new coinless telephones are installed. Illinois Bell has installed a Charge-a-Call phone, a public telephone without a coin slot, at the Quad-City Airport. Callers can use the phone for credit card, collect or third-number outgoing calls.

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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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