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 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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