Day in history for June 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Jenny Lind is a fine boat, having an entire new cabin, and new furniture. She is commanded by Capt. Clark.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Matthew Murphy, the tramp who lost both of his legs, is improving fast and unless some unforeseen accident occurs, will recover.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Hon. and Mrs. E.W. Hurst depart Monday for New York, whence they sail Tuesday for Switzerland for a sojourn of several months.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thirty-one owners of gasoline stations in Rock Island object to a $25 yearly city license and have refused to pay.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-one county officials and courthouse employees lunched at the Rock Island County jail as guests of Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman and his staff. It was the start of a 3-day luncheon program the sheriff said was designed to acquaint county employees with facilities and operations at the jail.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Donald George of Aledo says her son's five-year stint with the Moline Boys Choir was ''one of the nicest things that could happen to a small-town boy.'' The 43,016 miles she and her son, Chip, logged traveling to local concerts and practice sessions have reaped benefits that make all those long hours on the road worthwhile. Chip, 14, got to travel with the choir to more than 28 states, Canada and Mexico, meeting new friends, sharpening his musical skills and broadening his horizons.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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