Day in history for April 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There is money to be made in raising flax. We believe it is considered a good crop for the seed alone.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Sylvan Boat Club will send almost an entire new crew to the Keokuk races. Two of the Sylvans best men, it is feared, will be unable to row.

1904 -- 100 years ago
C.C. Swisher of Moline, Democratic party leader of this area, was pulled out of a train at Viola and was beaten insensible by four toughs. The motive for the attack is a mystery.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island YMCA track athletes placed first in Illinois and 15th in the nation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The last of the steam powered locomotives in the Quad-Cities area, Burlington route engine No. 504, used in work as a yard engine, will retire tonight and will close another chapter in the fast decaying family of steam locomotives. Tomorrow a diesel powered unit will be on the job, doing the switching that has been faithfully accomplished by the 70-ton engine of the D-5 class over a period of many years.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A missionary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church was charged with theft by deception and unlawful use of weapons in Rock Island. Rock Island police say two members of the Korean-based church were seeking donations for the church and implying proceeds would benefit Rock Island's Youth Guidance Council. Both were arrested, but one was released later.

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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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