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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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