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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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