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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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