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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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