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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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