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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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