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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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