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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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