Day in history for March 27, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Board of Education election in Rock Island is set for April 7.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The interest in the coming city election is general and some spirited contests are expected in the various wards of the city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The packet season was opened yesterday with the departure of the Columbia for Burlington, Iowa. The boat will now operate on the regular schedule.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Consolation and championship bouts in the district YMCA tournament will be tonight in the Rock Island association's gymnasium.

1957 -- 50 years ago
East Moline and Monmouth are among 33 Illinois cities with a population of 5,000 or more which reported no fatal traffic accidents for the second straight year during 1956, according to statistics compiled by the Illinois Division of Highways and announced by Gov. William G. Stratton in Springfield.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline's Arsenal Bridge overpass will open with a brief ceremony today. The segment being opened is a project coordinated between Moline and Army Corps of Engineers that extends the Arsenal Bridge southward and westward to bridge four sets of railroad tracks, giving emergency vehicles access to the industrial area along the Mississippi River. The overpass cost a total of $5 million.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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