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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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