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: 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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