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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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