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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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