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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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