Day in history for July 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
John Warner, Porter Skinner, W.E. Brooks, J.M. Buford and J. Huntoon, directors of the Rock Island and Moline Horse Railroad, met and declared a semi-annual dividend of 7 percent for the six months from Jan. 1 to July 1, 1876.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Since the disastrous fire in Davenport, several citizens have suggested the advisability of Rock Island and its neighbor across the river maintaining a fire tug boat equipped to fight fires along the river front.

1926 -- 75 years ago
B.L. Burke was elected vice chairman of the board of governors of the Rock Island chamber of commerce traffic bureau.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City area as a near-perfect business location is being placed before the nation's businessmen in the form of a newly-issued 20-page brochure. The 3-color booklet, entitled ``Where Are You Going To Put It?'' is to be distributed throughout the country. The illustrated, smartly written booklet offers 15 inducements for Quad-City location to manufacturers, wholesalers and others seeking a new business site.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The chairman of Rock Island County Board's forest preserve committee said today he ``doesn't know a damn thing'' about a pending investigation of Niabi Zoo operations. George Skafidas, D-Rock Island, said reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to send investigators to the zoo to check on reports that animals are not being treated properly come as a surprise to him.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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