Day in history for March 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. B.F. Leet, the gentleman who built the new bridge across the main channel of Rock River, arrived in town and is stopping at the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Charles H. Wells, for some time night clerk at the Rock Island House, has left that position and is said to have accepted one in the Keator House, Moline.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Steps are to be taken immediately by the members of the East End Club on the proposition of erecting a club house this coming summer. Each club member intends to donate a certain sum toward the building proposition and in return will take stock in the building.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Operators of the Saukie Golf Course, Rock Island, opened their third course, this one at Ottumwa, Iowa.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal is a ''woman's paradise.'' Those were the words of one of the members of the Spanish military team who completed a 2-day tour of the island. The 12 visitors were a little amazed at the way Quad-City women work at machines and drive autos to and from work.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Despite the 148-day strike by the UAW against International Harvester, farmers should have little trouble getting needed repair parts this spring. The biggest asset has come from the nationwide dealer computer system.

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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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