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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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