Day in history for October 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
One of the deck hands on the Steamer Lamartine accidentally fell from the boat into the Mississippi this morning and was drowned.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Maj. H.C. Connelly addressed the 4th Ward Hancock Club this evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Not discouraged by the adverse attitude of the retail merchants, the students of Rock Island High School announced they would not discontinue their efforts to publish the High School Journal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Solution of the disappearance of Earl L. Yocum, 50, president of the Yocum State Bank of Galva, revolved today around a mysterious special delivery letter received yesterday afternoon by Mrs. Yocum, telling of the safety of her millionaire husband. Yocum is believed to have been abducted from his palatial home at Galva.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Four grass fires in the last two days produced a warning today from East Moline Fire Chief George LeRette on the need for caution at this period of the year.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A 21-year-old man told authorities he ''has no recollection'' of how he became trapped more than two hours in a tank under an outhouse in Black Hawk State Historic Site Sunday night.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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