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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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