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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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