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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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