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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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