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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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