Day in history for May 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
From all cities along the Mississippi produce is being unloaded constantly on the Rock Island levee for shipment east by railroad. Our levee is lined with boats unloading, and the depots and warehouses are groaning under the accumulated burden.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The 11th commandment, according to the ladies, is: ''Thou shalt not wear thy last year's bonnet, nor dress, nor shawl, nor gloves, nor parasol, nor any other thing belonging to thy last year's apparel, for the fashion of this world changeth.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
Villagers of Hampton clashed with 240 men of a railroad gang which arrived for purposes of raising the track through town by six inches.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Taking his first vacation since he became president of Augustana College 28 years ago, Dr. G.A. Andreen, with Mrs. Andreen, will leave tomorrow on a 15,000 mile tour of Europe.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Loss from a 2-alarm fire of undetermined origin which swept Lawson's Grocery Store, 1227 5th Ave., Moline, and resulted in the ladder rescue by firemen of two elderly apartment occupants Friday night, was estimated at near $30,000 today.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandalism at Moline's Riverside Cemetery is getting so bad that cemetery sexton Dick Esterdahl has decided to start locking the main gates to try to keep vandals out. The main gates will be locked at sundown and opened again at 8 a.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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