Day in history for May 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Several large buildings and two horse barns were destroyed by an early morning fire in Danville. Nine horses also perished in the blaze.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Oliver Olson, Rock Island, left the city for New York, from which point he sailed for Europe.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Phil Miller resigned as chief of police in Rock Island. He had held the office for more than 25 years.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates were tied for second place in the National League.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Americans are getting bigger, and so are their beds. Time was when a mattress 75 inches in length was considered plenty long for a good night's sleep. But now the bedding manufacturers have come up with ''supersize'' beds 82 1/2 inches long.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A state fire marshal has been summoned to investigate a fire in Rock Island that caused an estimated $80,000 damage to a downtown apartment and liquor-storage building early this morning. Fire investigators took some materials in evidence after the fire at 2029 4th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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