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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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