Day in history for December 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A housemaid in this city brought to the man of the house a love letter from the old country, saying that she cannot read and asking him to read it to her. She gave him some cotton with which to stop up his ears so that he would not hear the secrets in the letter.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Joseph J. Klein of Rock Island has invented a short-distance telephone which works admirably. It is made of tin and is much cheaper than other vibrators.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Expert Rock Island bowlers defeated a team of Muscatine's best, 2696 to 2520.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ben Tallman has been selected to represent Rock Island High School in the Big Nine Conference Declamation Contest.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 64,000 traditional Christmas trees will be purchased in the Quad-Cities and surrounding rural areas. Prices will be about the same as last year but the quality of trees offered for sale is better.

1979 -- 25 years ago
''Ask us anything'' is a new column in Emphasis of The Daily Dispatch. It's a column about almost everything, or anything. Your letters will determine the subject matter. ''Ask us anything'' about fashion, beauty, household ideas, how-to decorating, sewing, art, plants, anything you'd like to know. You ask, we'll answer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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