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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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