Day in history for February 27, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
By reference to an advertisement it will be seen that a complimentary benefit will be given to Mr. J. Mairs, late of Christy's Minstrels, an old favorite on the Chicago Ethiopian Boards.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Dr. McGaw of the Central Presbyterian Church preached on ''The Haste to be Rich.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
Local cigar dealers were facing competition from the National Cigar Stands Co.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The attack upon the 1929 readjustment in the business of the Modern Woodmen of America, made in the United States Supreme Court by John W. McKissick and D.W. Wright, was summarily disposed of by the court in favor of the society.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Final preparations were being made for the formal opening of Iowa's first all-weather shopping center, the Village Shopping Center on Kimberly Rd., west of Harrison St., set for Thursday morning.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A fire escape, holding pen and exercise area is being added to the Rock Island County jail on the southwest corner of the building. The addition, costing between $90,000 and $100,000, is being built to bring the jail into compliance with the state jail standards and to improve fire safety at the jail.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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