Day in history for December 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ferry now is crossing to VanSant's shipyards, instead of to the ferry landing, so that if the ferry gets frozen in during the night, it will be at the yards for the winter.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Grape growing is one of the chief agricultural enterprises in Bowling Township, Rock Island County. The biggest vineyards of the township are concentrated within an area of four square miles.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fifty years ago in 1854, Richard Crampton sold books, stationery and similar goods in Rock Island, just as he is doing now in 1904. In the early years of his half century on 2nd Avenue, customers came to him from afar and during the Christmas season his sales would run as high as $2,000 a day.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Playcrafters scored a hit with ''The Best People,'' with Stanley Nothstein and Doris Larkin in the leading roles.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Santa Claus, carrying 5,000 bags of candy, is scheduled to arrive by helicopter at the Eagle Food Shopping Center, 23rd Avenue and 41st Street, Moline, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The NRC and the FBI are investigating what an NRC official called a ''deliberate closing'' of two valves that go into the emergency cooling system of the core reactor at the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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