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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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