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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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