Day in history for December 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Farmers should pasture more sheep. The American Agriculturist magazine says mutton is more healthful than beef or pork.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Farmers are scarce in town today, since the roads are too muddy for wagons.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Bar Association will build itself a library in the courthouse and will spend $2,400 for books.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Farmers complain that careless hunters are shooting livestock. Two Rock Island County hunters have been charged with larceny for shooting a farmer's pig.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport police were attempting to trace the source of a stick of dynamite reportedly found by a 11-year-old Bettendorf boy who carried the dynamite into Ted's Lunch, 906 E. River St., Sunday. The youth told officers he found the stick near the French And Hecht parking lot and took it to the lunchroom to call the police.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 119-year tradition will end at Augustana College next year if officials approve a plan to allow men and women to live in the same dormitory. Administrators at the staid Lutheran institution, founded in 1860 by Swedish immigrants, are mulling a proposal for co-ed living on a small scale for the 1980-81 school year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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