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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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