Day in history for December 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A likely theory has been advanced that fever-causing vapors persists in old wallpaper. Instead of pasting new paper over old, paperhangers should be required to remove the many layers of foul old wallpapers before placing the new.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The new Catholic church at Hampton will be dedicated Dec. 9.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The retail clerks' union of the Tri-Cities elected Otto Priester president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A note from Soviet Russia astonished the United States. Russia charges that ''unfriendly motives'' are behind the U.S. efforts to prevent war between Soviet Russia and China.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A hefty set of twins was born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Merten in Davenport Osteopathic Hospital this morning. Additions to the Merten family include a boy, 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and a girl, 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Florence Aldridge, 87, never let her age stand in the way of her dream of seeing a community center in the East Moline Watertown area. Now that that dream has become a real yellow-brick structure, it seemed only fitting to name it after her. The East Moline City Council formally changed the name of the building, known as the East Moline Community Center, to the Florence Aldridge Center.

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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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