Day in history for December 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
T.F. Davenport, Esq., new sheriff of Henry County, announces today the dates at which he will be at 16 different places to collect taxes. Owing to the untrustworthiness of paper money, state law requires that taxes can be paid only in gold or silver.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Wide Awake volunteer fire company of Rock Island won the silver trumpet in competition at the Fire King fair held in Davenport.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The jail committee has recommended to other members of the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors that a new county jail should be built.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson, Democrat, today declined an invitation to be candidate for state senator. He said he has no ambition for political offices.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Miss Hazel Jackson, 2922 12th Ave., Rock Island, a lifetime resident of the Quad-Cities, died unexpectedly at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Moline Lutheran Hospital. Blind since birth Feb. 24, 1903, she was the daughter of George and Clara Jackson. It is said she was the first person in this area to possess a Seeing Eye dog.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Some East Moline parents don't want their children going to school near a prison. So they are asking the East Moline Board of Education to consider closing McKinley School and transfering students to another school. McKinley School, 2045 3rd Ave., is less than a block from the grounds of the new East Moline minimum security prison, where prisoners are scheduled to begin arriving in March.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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