Day in history for May 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Some boat passed with a tow of ice this morning but as it was early and she did not stop here the name could not be learned.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The site for the new Illinois Theater in Rock Island was surveyed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Aided by a strong wind, the southbound air mail plane flew from Chicago to the Moline Airport in the record time of 68 minutes.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Owners of recent model Ford cars have something new to worry about. Youths are reported taking the name emblems from the front of the cars to make belt buckles. D.S. Whittenberg, 714 4th Ave., Moline, told police that he lost one yesterday afternoon and police added the comment that dozens have been stolen, but not reported in recent weeks.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Suddenly, there it was -- big, round, shiny, sitting in a field near the Neal Fitch residence in Rapids City. The object of this curiosity is a large, relatively lightweight aluminum ball which now has become a plaything for Fitch's son and his friends. The ball is about 4 1/2 feet in diameter, with a soldered seam encircling it. On either half there are little round humps, various caps and corks, and other paraphernalia. Fitch thinks it might have been part of a weather balloon device.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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