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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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