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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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