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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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