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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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