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: 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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