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: 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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