Day in history for August 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Capt. J.L. Folsom, one of the first settlers of San Francisco, died. He was a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of West Point. All nearby troops were in attendance at the funeral.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.H. Chatterton, one of the publishers of the Seneca Record, was a luncheon speaker in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Saloon keepers were formally notified to close at midnight in accordance with the terms of an ordinance adopted by the city council.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two bandits held up Walter E. VonKorff, Davenport jeweler, as he was closing his shop for the night and escaped with diamonds valued at $5,000.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The exceptional dry weather this summer, combined with a new pastime by youngsters, is causing serious damage in Lincoln and Long View Parks. Enterprising youngsters have taken cardboard ''sleds'' to the parks without considering untold damage such activity causes to the terrace grass.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It's still a long way from the top of the charts, but the limited edition of 1,000 records of the ''Quad-Cities U.S.A.'' theme song recently marketed has sold out, say promoters who are ordering 2,500 more.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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