Day in history for March 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Parker Earle, Esq., will visit Rock Island, Keithsburg, Oquawka and Monmouth for mass meetings of the Maine Law Alliance. The ''Maine Law'' prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquor.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In their 24-hour match in Turner Hall, Rock Island, Sam Finley walked 72 miles and John Hass 69. The winner received $25.37 and the loser $11.81 in a division of the admission receipts.

1904 -- 100 years ago
At the Democratic County convention the Medill-Sexton faction was recognized as the regularly chosen one and its delegates were seated.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Charlotte Murray Russell won The Argus prize for the best solution of ''The Black Pigeon'' mystery story. (Since then Mrs. Russell has written more than twenty mystery novels.)

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Iowa Executive Council turned over a ''forgotten'' $10,000 personal gift to the Iowa Annie Wittenmyer Orphan Home at Davenport, more than 10 years after it was received. Dr. B.J. Palmer, owner of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport and of the Central Broadcasting Co., gave the money in December, 1943.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers at Rock Island's K-Mart Discount Store were safely evacuated when a fire broke out in the garden department Monday afternoon. The blaze may have been the work of an arsonist. A young man was seen tossing a match onto a counter containing macrame plant holders just before the fire began.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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