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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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