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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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