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: 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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