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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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