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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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