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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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