Day in history for July 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Abolitionists of the east have hired Cassius M. Clay as a missionary to the west in preaching the doctine of abolishing slavery. A meeting announced for the courthouse last night to make arrangements for the reception of Mr. Clay in Rock Island was a fizzle.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The first bar of roller iron from Rock Island Arsenal's new rolling mill was cut into pieces and made into souvenir paperweights. Stamped on the souvenir are the words: ''Sample of first bar rolled at Rock Island Arsenal.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
Robert Pears of Moline has been appointed assistant county clerk by H.B. Hubbard.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Work has begun on the $10,000 improvement project in the tourist camp at Black Hawk State Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Formation of a ''swing shift'' of Rock Island police officers for the purpose of assisting regular shifts during peak crime hours was announced by Police Chief Claus C. Miller. The ''swing shift'' measure is made possible through the recent addition of three civilians, all women, to the police department.

1979 -- 25 years ago
At the suggestion of a Rock Island business group, the Rock Island City Council voted to remove and replace parking meters along several downtown streets. City crews will remove meter heads along 3rd Avenue between 21st and 24th Streets, replacing them with three-hour parking limit signs.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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