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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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