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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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