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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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