Day in history for February 27, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A meeting of the executive committee of the Rock Island Agricultural Society will be held at the courthouse March 19.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The weather has proved too much for marital condidates and as a result no marriage licenses werre issued yesterday.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Preliminary work on the new viaduct over Sylvan slough will be started within a few days. Completion is scheduled for Nov. 1.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Maurice J. Gallagher was elected president of the newly formed Rock Island County Jefferson Club. The program for the concert by famed Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz Tuesday was announced today.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Three fire department pumpers and the aerial truck pounded at full speed to Moline Lutheran Hospital at 1:31 yesterday afternoon, prepared to battle a king size blaze. It was a false alarm. A man had put a nickel in the fire alarm box to buy a newspaper.

1982 -- 25 years ago
When Illini Hospital opens its new intensive care unit, it will be due in large part to the contributions of Michael and Margaret Churuvia. The Churuvias, of East Moline, have been among the largest donors to the Silvis hospital since it opened in 1968 and were the major contributors of funds for the new ICU.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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