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: 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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