Day in history for December 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A valuable horse belonging to the proprietors of the Rock Island House was fatally injured at their stable on Illinois Street.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Professor Anderson and Miss Anderson will appear at Harper's Theater, December 30th, in a choice program of magic novelties. A large number of gifts will be distributed during the evening.

1904 -- 100 years ago
G.H. Baumbach was elected president of the Rock Island Assembly of Loyal Americans of the Republic.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ben H. Bollman of Rural Township was reelected president of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Decking the off-street parking lot opposite Moline City Hall will cost almost six times, per car space, the purchase price and estimated conversion cost of the old Washington School property, 8th Ave. and 17th St., and will provide about one-third of the parking space.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The residents of the Winning Wheels center in Prophetstown are busy with their first joint venture, crafting and selling doormats. Winning Wheels, Inc., an organization for persons who are confined to wheelchairs, built the residential center to meet their special needs. The doormat project is the first organized activity that Winning Wheels residents have tried.

Back: Available days in December 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






(More History)