Day in history for May 27, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We thank our fellow townsman A. K. Philleo, now touring the south, for the newspaper from various points between St. Louis and New Orleans. Editors always know how to appreciate such attention.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The organization of the Rock Island Grand Army of the Republic Post was deferred until May 30, as Mr. Cavello of Peoria failed to arrive.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The eighth annual state convention of post office clerks will be held in Rock Island next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The 1933 Watch Tower annuals will be distributed to seniors at Rock Island High School after class day exercises May 31. Other students will receive their copies June 2. Gynath Billeter was editor- in- chief and Dorthea O'Dean was associate editor.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Mississippi River has fallen to the lowest May levels since the locks and dams were put into operation, according to the Rock Island District, Army Corps of Engineers. This decline is continuing.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A reported sighting of a body floating in the river this morning sent local law enforcement officials scrambling. After an hour-long search, a body was pulled from the river. The body of a deer. A motorist passing over the Interstate 280 bridge reported seeing a object that appeared to be a body.

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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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