Day in history for December 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new locomotive for the Peoria And Oquawka railroad is waiting for a barge at Rock Island and will be taken downstream as soon as a steamboat can be found to take it in tow.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Dr. H.C. Westward will deliver his lecture, ''The Model Husband,'' in Central Presbyterian Church.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Harry Bay, who got his start in baseball on the Rock Island professional team of 1899, is coming here as the leader of Uncle Josh Perkins' band.

1929 -- 75 years ago
William S. Vare of Pennsylvania was barred from taking his seat in the United States Senate. Charging that he spent excessively to win the nomination and that there were frauds in the voting, the senate decided, 58 to 22, to oust Vare.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Work was started to dismantle the Methodist Church of Cambridge. Wilson Phillis of Woodhull has the contract. The building was sold to Phillis for $1,000 and he is to have the work completed by March 1.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About $150 damage was caused at St. Paul's Lutheran School, 153 19th Ave., Moline, when a fire in a bush near the school caused seven windows to break. Rev. Julius Wille told police two unknown juveniles apparently set the bush on fire while playing with matches.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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