Day in history for December 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
On Christmas Day one of Rock Island's churches conducted religious services. In the afternoon, banquets were served to the public at the various eating houses.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Pullman Company has bought the sleeping cars of the Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific Railroad. Hereafter each sleeping car will have a conductor as well as a porter.

1904 -- 100 years ago
In a room just across the hall from the police magistrate, on the second floor of a building at Rock Island's busiest corner, police found a veritable den of thieves. The unlocked room was filled with stolen goods.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The west wing of the White House was destroyed by fire Dec. 24.

1954 -- 50 years ago
David Washburn, 2 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Washburn, 4017 24th St., Rock Island, is the youngest regular patron of the Moline Skating Rink. Roy Johnston, operator of the Moline rink, had a pair of skates small enough for David because his own son had started skating at an early age.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A hand calculator, a transistor radio and a briefcase were taken from Rock Island County Treasurer Don Jacobs' office over the holidays. Sheriff's police said entry to the main building, 1504 3rd Ave., Rock Island, was made with a master key.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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