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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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