Day in history for May 27, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
John Whitsitt of Preemption, one of the best known stock breeders in this area, returned from Chicago with 12 head of cattle worth $8,000.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal soon will be equipped with machinery for the manufacture of small arms.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Union plumbers of Rock Island signed up for another year at the present scale of $1.25 an hour.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The 32nd annual convention of the Iowa Association of Journeymen Barbers will open tomorrow in Davenport with a business session at 3 o'clock in the Mississippi Hotel. About 150 barbers and their wives are expected. C.E. Kyle, secretary-treasurer of local 116, will give the address of welcome. At the banquet tomorrow night the barbers will hear addresses by AFL representatives. Business matters will be considered on Monday along with the election and installation of officers.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Warren Crowe, Rock Island, swam to shore to get help for James Hill, his wife Linda and their infant daughter Michelle, Rock Island, after their disabled boat crashed into trees and partially sank on a flooded island in Sylvan Slough. The steering cable on the boat reportedly came loose and the craft rammed into partly submerged trees. Hill was able to get himself and his wife and daughter on a log until help came.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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