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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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