Day in history for November 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus editor has never seen a larger or neater cook room than the one in the Island City Hotel.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The locomotive and four cars of a freight train were hurled into the river today when a span of the bridge between Rock Island and the island collapsed. Engineer Hank Seely and Fireman James Means were severely injured.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Jessie L. Duncan, 22, daughter of an engineer on the Rock Island railroad, died of appendicitis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Jacob Bleuer, 77, one of the members for many years of the formerly well-known Bleuer's band of Rock Island, died today in Chicago.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Officials of the Illinois Sanitary Water Board at Springfield promised to make a full-scale investigation following the disclosure by a group of employees of Farmall Works, International Harvester Co., that the Rock Island plant last week dumped about 1,000 gallons of a cyanide solution in Sylvan Slough.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Countless hours of study and 5,000 miles of travel helped 7-year-old Nellie earn her U.D. degree. The U.D., Utility Dog degree, is the canine world's equivalent of a college sheepskin. The golden sable collie is owned and trained by Dr. John K. Schmidt of rural Sherrard.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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