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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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