Day in history for April 27, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
There have been several robberies in the city recently. Our shopkeepers had better have their doors and windows strongly secured by good shutters and locks and leave no goods in their windows at night.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Oscar Wilde's lecture on ''Art Decoration'' attracted a small audience and elicited not even a small amount of applause.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Otis Skinner's production, ''The Duel,'' given at the Illinois Theater last evening, was one of the strongest attractions of this season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Barbers in the Quad-City area appeared hopeful today of an early end to the price war which has developed between union and non-union shops in Moline and has threatened to spread to Rock Island and Davenport.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Four hundred persons attended the spring coffee sponsored by the Tri-City Alumnae Assn. of the Villa de Chantal, held Thursday at the hilltop home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McLaughlin, 5342 5th Ave., Moline.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Cappy and Hewitt Assoc., a Louisville-based firm which specializes in revitalizing small companies, has signed a letter of intent to buy the Rock Island Servus Rubber Co. boot manufacturing firm if the workers ratify a recently negotiated contract, Servus Rubber President Don Tobin said today.

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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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