Day in history for October 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The whole Democratic ticket was elected in Henry County. Stephen Palmer defeated Henry G. Griffin, Whig, 439 to 243, for county judge.

1878 -- 125 years ago
An attempt has been made to assassinate the king of Spain.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Engineer Robert McQuade and Fireman Isaac T. Wardell, both of Rock Island, were injured when train 50 was derailed at LeClaire, Iowa.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A canoe in which two East Moline high school students were hunting ducks tipped over in the Mississippi. Harold Tietink drowned. Darrell Barritt was rescued.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Letters denying rumors to the effect the J.I. Case Bettendorf Works will be sold or shut down have been sent out to company employees by Works Manager T.E. Stahl. ``I have no idea where such stories originated and sincerely hope no employee has taken them seriously,'' Stahl said. Company officials in the home office in Racine, Wis., have told local managers there are no immediate or future plans to drop any of the Quad-City plants.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Black Hawk College security guard had decided to give up his gun in order to hold onto his job in the latest chapter of a long-simmering dispute over the school's ban against armed watchmen. Greg Crouch, also a Port Byron policeman, was suspended after he came to work wearing a pistol on his belt.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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