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 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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