Day in history for June 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works, which have been closed for about two weeks to take an inventory, will resume work. They have had a 19-foot addition put on their chimney.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Captain John Streckfus' new boat, the ``J.S.,'' steamed into home port for the first time.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Play in the Rock Island Boys' League had an auspicious beginning at Douglas Park while 600 fans looked on.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dr. G.F. Johnson, the first mayor of East Moline, today announced his retirement effective July 1. He has practiced medicine for 55 years, 48 of which have been in East Moline. Dr. Johnson was a member of the village board of trustees until he was elected mayor in 1907. He served as mayor for 14 years, or seven terms. However, none of the terms was consecutive. Dr. Johnson practiced medicine in Marion County, Illinois, and Colona before moving to East Moline.

1976 -- 25 years ago
More than half of Rock Island Arsenal Rodman Laboratory employees have said no to transferring with the lab to Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, N.J. Today is the last day for the 496 lab employees to respond to the canvass letters, and 257 have said no the the transfer. Approximately 77 had not yet responded. The canvass letters ask employees if they would be willing to transfer with their jobs. If they respond no, the employees will be fired for failing to transfer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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