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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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