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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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