Day in history for February 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Charles Buford bought the corner lot opposite Doty's row and plans to erect a four-story brick building. (The Buford building was on the northeast corner of 2nd Avenue and 17th Street, Rock Island.)

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Jane Andrews died of heart neuralgia while visiting Moline last night. The widow of Lemuel Andrews, a pioneer leading citizen of Rock Island, she was known for her many acts of Christian charity.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Peter Carstens of South Rock Island, who in his younger days drove freight wagons between Denver and California, died.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School won the Tri-City basketball championship by beating Moline, 17-13. Members of the Islander team were Dean Paulsen, Bob McDonald, Bert Durkee, Cliff Hobart, Max Fisher and William Brust. Robert Burgitt is their coach.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport men teachers have launched a campaign for an increase of $200 a year in their salaries. Women teachers were not included in the petition filed with the Davenport Board of Education.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's primary election Tuesday was an election that saw the first black ever elected to the council lead the race for mayor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin over his nearest rival, picking up 49 percent of the vote. Acting Mayor James Davis racked up 2,817 of the 5,666 ballots cast for mayor in the at-large primary.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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