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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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