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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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