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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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