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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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