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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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