Day in history for February 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The G.H. Honens store in Milan was burglarized of a quantity of merchandise. Constable Peter Heverling arrested a suspect.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Captain and Mrs. J.C. McElherne have received word that their son, James, was injured while practicing in the gymnasium at St. Mary's College, Topeka, Kansas.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana College basketball team won the Central Illinois conference championship by defeating Eureka, 27 to 24.

1951 -- 50 years ago
This is smile week in Rock Island, under proclamation of Mayor Melvin L. McKay. Getting in step with a national movement led by Comedian Joe E. Brown, Mayor McKay proclaimed the week with this observation: ``In a time of serious problems and great burdens any load can be lightened a little by a smile.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Neil Oppendike, Prophetstown, is a paleface who makes authentically designed Indian costumes. Guess who he's selling them to. Oppendike, who operates Graphics Unlimited in Prophetstown, has parlayed an early fascination with Indian lore and crafts into a profitable business, selling his costumes directly to Indians, or to wholesalers who supply tribes nationwide. Oppendike developed his friendship with Indians while he was in high school and boarded a school bus every day on a Chippewa reservation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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