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: 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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