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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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