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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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