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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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