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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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