Day in history for May 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Forty-three men are at work in the Rock Island Arsenal cleaning and repairing breach-loading muskets. One hundred men are engaged in harness and other leather work.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Harry A. Westerman, treasurer of the Davenport Barbers' Union, is missing. So are between $300 and $400 belonging to the union and to friends that he ``touched'' before leaving town a couple of weeks ago.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Children of the Rock Island schools will observe Memorial Day and representatives of the Grand Army of the Republic will visit the schools.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Police today began investigation of a third burglary in less than a year in which large quantities of whisky were taken at the Dude Ranch, 530 7th St., Rock Island. Burglars who entered the tavern some time after 12:30 o'clock this morning took 60 bottles of whisky, 56 cartons of cigarets, three boxes of cigars and $15, according to Gene Stein, tavern operator. The loss was put at about $400.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Davenport police juvenile authorities charged a nine-year-old Davenport boy with six charges of breaking and entering. It was the 50-pound youth's 19th arrest. Juvenile officers said the boy confessed under questioning that he had been involved in about 20 break-ins of homes, commercial establishments, garages and autos over the past several weeks and that he had stolen eight purses, including one belonging to his teacher.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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