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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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