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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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