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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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