Day in history for November 27, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The baggage man at the Buffalo depot handled a trunk in his usual slam-bang manner and threw it down with such force as to explode a pistol within. The pistol shot, in turn, exploded a can of gunpowder - which exploded the trunk, knocking the baggage man down.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Three hundred tickets for Chicago were sold today by the Rock Island Lines in view of the 50 cent rate. It seems as though everyone is planning to visit over the weekend.

1907 -- 100 years ago
William M. Reck was elected presidnet of the Rock Island Boosters Club composed of members of 50 who raised the $100,000 Rock Island new factory fund.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Formal notice was received yesterday from the Federal Radio Commission for the transfer of the license of WHBF from the Beardsley Specialty Co., to the Rock Island Broadcasting Co., an affiliate of The Argus.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Amidst fears caused by Sputniks, intercontinental ballistic missiles and rumors of war, the Quad-cities will pause to join the nation in giving thanks for its many blessings.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One hundred sixty-nine cases of meales have been reported among school children in Flordia, Rock Island county communicable disease coordinator, said no cases have been reported here in the past 18 months.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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