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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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