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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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