Day in history for December 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William R. Kingsley, chief engineer, and Walter Kent, one of the contractors, of the Warsaw And Rockford railroad are in town. Work on the railroad is progressing slowly, owing to the tightness of the money market.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Sabbath school has been organized at the Bowlesburg Universal Church. Samuel Bowles is the managing superintendent.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Associated Charities has been reorganized by 100 citizens. E.B. McKown was elected president. Miss Dina Ramser is chairman of the relief committee.

1929 -- 75 years ago
One hundred singers will visit shut-ins to cheer them with Christmas music.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Annabelle Duncan, 49, of 1810 1st St., Rock Island, was killed yesterday noon when she was crushed against a tombstone by her auto, which started to roll down an incline in Riverside Cemetery, Moline.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fog, drizzle and visibility of less than a quarter-mile shut down the Quad-City Airport Friday evening, stranding holiday travelers in the Midwest. Planes were being rerouted to alternate airports and travelers were being bused or lodged in hotels overnight after warm, moist air created a fog pattern over much of the area.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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