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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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