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: 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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