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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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