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: 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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