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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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