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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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