Day in history for December 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ferry, John Wilson, decorated with flags, carried hundreds of people back and forth as they made Christmas Day visits of congratulations in the two cities. On Christmas night, dances were held in the Island City Hotel and in the large new brewery of P. and P. Littig, Jr.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Elizabeth Bell, 67, one of Rock Island's oldest settlers, died suddenly in her home on 23rd Street. She was the wife of Uncle Bill Bell. For one of her advanced years, she seemed to be in ordinary health.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Over the veto of Mayor O.W. Holt, Geneseo aldermen voted, 5 to 3, to allow the town's 10 saloons to reopen. But prohibitionists declare they have not ended their efforts to make Geneseo a dry town.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Sgt. Charles J. Geisler is reported killed in action. Flight Officer Joseph R. Bredar and Second Lieutenant Norman F. Brunswig are missing over Germany. All are Rock Island men.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Marmaduke is joining The Argus ''family'' of outstanding features, and we feel sure he will capture your heart.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Representatives of Jumer's Castle Lodge in Bettendorf plan to ask city officials for permission to construct an eight-story tower on the building's west side.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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