Day in history for September 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Harper's new pork-packing house on Front Street is very commodious, 40 by 100 feet. The two-floor brick building was put up in just two weeks.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The famous actress Fanny Davenport will appear in a play in Harper's Theater, Rock Island, Oct. 2.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The work of rebuilding the tracks from the village of Sears to Milan was started today by the Tri-City Railway Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Illinois City last night celebrated the opening of a paved highway connecting Edgington and Illinois City in lower Rock Island County. One speaker said nothing except the discovery of gold or oil in the neighborhood could compare with the new road in economic importance to Illinois City.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Miss Marie Lucia Esposito, East Moline High School senior, reigns today as the 1954-55 Illinois Fruit Queen. She was crowned during the Calhoun County Apple Festival at Hardin. Plans are under consideration for holding the 1955 Illinois Fruit Queen contest in the Illinois Quad-City area.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Moline man was arrested after a car crashed through a gate at John Deere Plow And Planter Works. A company security guard told police a man drove his car through gate 21 about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after he was refused admittance.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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