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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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