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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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