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: 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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