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.

Back: Available days in August 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


(More History)