Day in history for May 27, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Chandler Robbins of Chicago has arrived in our city for the purpose of bringing out one of the most beautiful musical entertainments ever witnessed, entitled the Opera of Forest Festival.

1881 -- 125 years ago
John Lendoran, a bridge tender, lost his pocketbook yesterday while out bathing. Fortunately the purse only contained a small amount of money.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Plans for a club house were adopted at the meeting of the Rock Island Gun Club. It will cost in the neighborhood of $300 and will be erected at once on the club's grounds at the Watch Tower.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Consideration is being given by the Rock Island YWCA to acquisition of the Harms Hotel, 1st Avenue and 18th Street.

1956 -- 50 years ago
''This is one of the most beautiful spots I have seen in the entire state,'' Governor William S. Stratton said during the dedication of the new Rock River bridge and the new Erie Recreation Park.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Spike O'Dell, well-known KSTT Radio disc jockey, has resigned his job at the Davenport station and has accepted a similar position at Radio Station WBT-AM in Charlotte, N.C. O'Dell, who is from East Moline, will leave the Davenport station in July.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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