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: 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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