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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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