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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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