Day in history for September 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Lewis M. Webber of Rock Island was nominated at a Democratic party convention to represent Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties in the Illinois legislature.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Malaria is very prevalent in Rock Island County at present.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A cyclone did damage estimated at $30,000 in East Moline.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of people visited the Rock Island store of Montgomery Ward Company at its formal opening today.

1954 -- 50 years ago
From Eldridge, Iowa, to Chicago, from roof-top observers to jet plane pilots, it was a busy day Sunday for the Ground Observer Corps and the filter center of the United States Air Force. The cause of the commotion was a report from the observer corps in Eldridge that two objects, unidentified, had been sighted by no less than six watchers there.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Combines are rolling in the lush farmlands surrounding the Quad-Cities as farmers begin harvesting what area crop experts say will be record, or near-record, corn and bean crops. Jack Kenney, Rock Island County extension adviser, says some farmers are reporting soybean yields of 50 bushels per acre, up from the county's 1977 average yield of 36.4 bushels per acre.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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