Day in history for July 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus reported that the wheat crop promised to be one of the best in recent years and that prospects for early potato and fruit crops were encouraging.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Judge John Kistler died at the home of James Platt, his son-in-law, in Reynolds. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At the 18th annual election of offices of the Black Hawk Building, Home and Savings Association, E.D. Sweeney was named president and H.H. Cleaveland, vice president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Residents of Daisburg-Altstafen, Germany, were thrown into a panic by the early morning earthquake which rocked furniture and shook pictures from the walls. People ran into the streets fearing disaster but no casualties were reported.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Addition of $500,000 sales volume a year for Montgomery Elevator Co. of Moline will result from the purchase of Peterson And Cowan Elevator Co., Ltd., pioneer Vancouver, B.C., industry.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Walt Schafer, 73, of Silvis, has been converting the engines of his cars to use liquid propane (LP) fuel for about 20 years. He recently added the special conversion equipment to his 10th car.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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