Day in history for June 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Almost everybody is building board or gravel sidewalks in front of their property, as ordered by the Rock Island council. The town is beginning to look quite civilized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Chicago White Stockings baseball team defeated the Davenport Nine, 9 to 8. The Chicago boys are superior at the bat while the Davenport boys look better in the field.

1903 -- 100 years ago
When the Illinois child labor law goes into effect July 1, the Rock Island superintendent of schools will register all boys in the city. Boys under 14 years of age may not work in factories, thereafter and those under 16 will be limited to eight hours a day and 48 hours a week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Nomination of Al Smith of New York as the Democratic candidate for president appears near at the party's convention in Houston, Texas.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A proposed 174-car off-street parking area in a portion of Spencer Square, Rock Island, won't be carried out until the federal government completes condemnation of the square, Mayor Carl F. Bauer announced today.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Boys Choir Director Kermit Wells received a surprise birthday ``card'' from parents welcoming the group home after a 10-day eastern tour Tuesday night. Some 40 parents, brothers and sisters of choir members held the 96-foot banner across the Sears parking lot, waiting for the bus to arrive.

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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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