Day in history for December 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At VanSant's shipyards for winter overhaul are the steamers Greek Slave, Henrietta, Ben Campbell and J. McKee, and the ferry boats Iowa and Ione.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The county board voted to allow State's Attorney E.E. Parmenter $20 to purchase a telephone for his office, provided that he pay the balance of the costs of same.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Esther Kale, a resident here since 1845, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Jordan, 225 4th Ave., Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Visiting Nurses Association of Rock Island entertained 133 children at a Christmas party.

1954 -- 50 years ago
One of the youngest traditions at Moline High School, the annual Line O' Type toy contest, is becoming a favorite affair with hundreds of students who participate. For the fifth consecutive year, the school assembled a large and varied collection of toys, which were distributed to needy children of the community.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The two massive stone fireplaces will once again hold the logs that spread warmth through the huge building when the Watchtower Inn at Black Hawk State Park reopens its doors next year. The building will house the newly formed Watch Tower Arts Center where the work of Quad-Cities artists will be promoted.

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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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