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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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