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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