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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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