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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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