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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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