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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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