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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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