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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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