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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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