Day in history for September 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The corn crop hereabouts is light and not very good, according to a Rock Island County Agricultural Society committee consisting of C.G. Taylor, J.A. Boyer and L. Hungerford.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Work has started on the piece of track which is to complete the Burlington Railroad into Rock Island. It will run on piling north of the Rock Island Lines roundhouse.

1904 -- 100 years ago
E.L. Philbrook, J.A. Johnson, Walter Karr and P.E. Moore comprised the vocal quartet that received an ovation for its songs at the Republican campaign opening.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Walter F. Archer, secretary of the Rock Island Retail Bureau, said the merchants' fall opening was a big success.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The sale of the Western Stoneware Co., one of Monmouth's largest industries, was announced at a meeting of the Monmouth city council. Ninety-eight percent of the company's present stockholders plan to sell their stock to a new corporation which will be known as Monmouth Industries, Inc. The new firm will continue to operate under the Western Stoneware name.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island investigators have found duplicate city paychecks in a continuing probe of suspected embezzlement that may raise the city treasury's loss beyond the $12,500 already missing.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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