Day in history for September 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
An inquest was held before Justice Swander upon the body of an unknown man found dead in the alley between Washington and Jefferson streets.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John George, Democrat, and C.R. Chamberlain, Republican, will be absent from the city election day. The former goes to Davenport to live and the latter will engage in the commission business at Malta, Ill.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Pearl Saville won the silver medal at the Memorial Christian Church in the WCTU declamatory contest. Her selection was entitled, ''Pledge With Wine.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Bobby Jones swamped Gene Homans, 8 and 7, to win the final match of the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament, thus winning every major golf title of the year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The International Harvester Co. has purchased 9 lots facing 44th St. north of 4th Ave. for the use as a parking lot for Farmall employees.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When the Frej Lodge of the Independent Order of Svithiod was formed in Moline 80 years ago, one of its main goals was to help Swedes new to America adjust to the language and culture. The Frej Lodge celebrates its 80th anniversary Sunday with a smorgasbord at O'Melia's Supper Club, Rock Island.

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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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