Day in history for December 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Gregg, General Tuxbury, Mr. Arnold and Mr. Brunot went deer hunting again along Green River but got none this time. They brought back for the Island City Hotel tables much small game and a splendid white swan.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Edward Bennett, 11, son of Capt. W.C. Bennett, died last night of diphtheria.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George E. Bailey was elected commander of John Buford Post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Ford Motor Company, showing confidence in the national economy despite the stock market crash, raised its daily minimum wage from $6 to $7.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The price for future prosperity in East Moline is payable now, Mayor Charles A. Olson told members of the Rotary Club. Speaking on the need for a revised water system, the city official emphasized the necessity of action now in the campaign to secure an unlimited supply of quality water to ensure growth of present industry and inducement of new employment possibilities.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A graduate of Alleman High School and the University of Illinois has been hired as the City of Rock Island's public works director, city manager Neil Nielsen said today. John M. Loete, 28, currently of Gurnee, Ill., will start work at the post Jan. 7.

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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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