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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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