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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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