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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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