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: 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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