Day in history for June 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A $500 reward was offered to anyone who could supply information leading to the apprehension of the person sending threatening letters to a Rock Island wholesale and retail dealer. The man was being threatened for selling goods 25 percent lower than any other store in the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Perry, Rock Island, a British subject, was naturalized in district court with Judge Joseph Adams presiding.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Mabel Strayer and Fred H. Druckmiller were married at the parsonage of the Memorial Christian Church. Rev. O.W. Lawrence officiated.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Frank Foster, wanted for questioning in connection with the Chicago killing of newspaper report Jake Lingle, was under arrest in Los Angeles.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Larry David, 16, of 801 32nd Ave., Rock Island, caught a 15-pound perch Saturday morning on a trot line baited with crawfish in the Mississippi River.

1980 -- 25 years ago
After four months of waiting, the Rock Island Board of Education has finally been approached by a party with strong interest in buying Lincoln Elementary School, which has been closed to cut costs and because of declining enrollments.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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