Day in history for April 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Farm yields in Rock Island County are: wheat, 20 to 30 bushels an acre; corn, 50 to 75 bushels; oats, 40 to 60. But where improved methods of farming have been introduced, the totals are much higher.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Former alderman M.S. O'Neil leaves tonight to join the Rock Island colony in Trego County, Kansas.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A call has been issued for a Good Roads convention to be held in Springfield May 3 and 4.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Emery Johnson, 12, Rock Island, and Mary Louise Willits, 14, of Joy, won an Argus contest to name a cat in a comic strip.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Lucky thing for 3-year-old Larry Jensen that his mother was home Saturday. Larry got all mixed up while inspecting the inside of the family's clothes dryer. After Larry entered the machine his brother Gregory, 4 1/2, came by and turned it on. Larry went for a spin. Mrs. Jensen discovered the turn of events and rescued Larry. The boy was unharmed except for being a little bruised, overheated and dizzy. Sunday there was a big lock on the dryer.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Selling diesel-engine passenger cars poses no problem for Quad-Cities auto dealerships. The difficulty is getting a supply to sell. ''We don't get very many, and we sell every one we get,'' said Don McPherson of Volkswagen-BMW, East Moline. In February, 19,000 diesel cars were sold in the U.S., versus 6,000 last year.

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