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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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