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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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