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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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