Day in history for August 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established half-way between Camden Mills (Milan) and Preemption. The new post office is named Boyne, from a river in Ireland.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist camp meeting is in progress in Tyndall's grove.

1904 -- 100 years ago
T.R. Harris, 44, died in Dallas, Texas, and the body will be brought here for burial. Owing to his health, he was transferred to Dallas a year ago by the Rock Island Plow Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Richard C. Wells, formerly of WHBF, has been appointed announcer for WOC.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police today planned questioning of several suspects in the theft of almost $50 from a child's bank at a Rock Island residence. The money apparently was taken between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday while the residence was unoccupied. The bank had been kept in a china closet. Nothing else in the house was disturbed.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A small iron foundry at the John Deere Plow and Planter Works in Moline will be phased out during 1980. The foundry, approximately 40 years old, employs 150 workers. The company said the employees will be shifted to other manufacturing jobs within the Quad-Cities Deere and Co. system. The company now concentrates foundry work in its newer, larger foundries such as the Deere Foundry in East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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