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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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