Day in history for December 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Printers of Rock Island and Davenport attended the funeral of John W. Haymaker, 19, who died of consumption. He learned his trade in The Argus office and was one of the most worthy men in the craft.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A horrible accident occurred near Hampton. A team of horses pulling two barrels of oil and other heavy goods for Shepard And Son, Port Byron, swerved off the road and precipitated the wagon down a 15-foot bank. Julius Geisler was found dead in the wreckage. John Gray was found critically injured.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The People's Power Company will erect a handsome office building and store room at 17th Street and 1st Avenue, Rock Island, the corner occupied by the old gas house.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George Dickey announced that he is a candidate for office of sheriff.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An unexpected snowstorm slowed work on the installation of the new $40,000 antenna for WHBF-TV in downtown Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Work has begun on the conversion of the former Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 154 4th St., Silvis, into the Guadalupe Community Center. Vince Thomas, director of Project NOW, the Rock Island-based community action agency that owns the former sanctuary, said the center could open as early as February.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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