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: 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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