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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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