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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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