Day in history for May 28, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Moline butchers, nine in number, have signed the following notice to their customers: ``We, the undersigned, shall keep our meat markets closed from June 1st until September 1st, between the hours of 1 and 4 in the afternoon.'' This looks like a crusade against the fly plague.

1900 -- 100 years ago
George Bennet of Rock Island purchased a dog for $100 from Dr. H.J. Huyett. The price was the highest ever paid for a dog in Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The state senate has named a special committee to inspect Watch Tower Park, Rock Island, with the view of purchasing the land.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. LeRoy Ellis became grandparents twice in one day Friday. A son was born to their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ellis, Minneapolis, early that morning. Nine hours later a daughter was born to another son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ellis, of Erie, at the Moline Lutheran Hospital.

1975 -- 25 years ago
They laughed when Kenneth Wildermuth, 49, of rural Annawan sat down at his Singer to sew. It seems that folks thought that farmers only sowed. But Wildermuth, a grain farmer, won a prize in an Illinois Grange Sewing Contest (he was the only male entrant) and showed them all. ``I watched by wife Dorothy sew for years,'' said Wildermuth.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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