Day in history for March 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The oath of office was administered to the Mayor-elect, William P. Butler, and Aldermen-elect Henry Carse, John Davis, I. Huber, W.H. Lundy and H.E. Woods.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann's Rock Island mill started running for the spring season.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was selected for the 1927 convention of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Of all the unfortunate things that happened to the thousands of baby chicks received by Rock Island youngsters for Easter, probably the most startling occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vern L. Kester, 612 18th Ave. One of the two baby chicks received by Patricia Jean, 5, and Jack, 7, disappeared Sunday night. Last night a cheeping sound was heard from the basement. Mr. Kester cut a hole in the furnace casing and a very dirty chick toddled out, unharmed after its long tumble down from a register.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The days of ``You got the dime, I got the time'' and ``It's your dime'' are fading fast. After 25 years of dime-calling, it seems almost un-American to pay 20 cents to use a public telephone. Officials of Ma Bell concede that raising the tab to 20 cents ``probably wasn't the most popular thing we could do,'' but insist the phone company would be in the poor house if they didn't.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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