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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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