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: 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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