Day in history for May 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Bloomer dresses (slacks) are quite numerous in Philadelphia. A Rock Island visitor counted seven ladies, who otherwise seemed respectable, wearing the attire. Although the covering skirts are longer than those advocated by Amelia Bloomer, the ladies attracted much attention and many scoffs.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Uncle Peter Blue of near Aledo, a wealthy and respected farmer and an out-and-out Democrat, visited Rock Island today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
C.S. Peaslee, general superintendent of a Rock Island shoe factory, has asked Sterling to offer inducements for moving the plant there.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Special vaudeville acts and public dancing will mark the grand opening of the 1927 season of Watch Tower Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Most major oil companies in Moline, East Moline and Silvis have joined in the gasoline price war which has sent prices down about six cents a gallon. The price war has not yet spread to Rock Island or to the Iowa side of the Quad-Cities. The major companies are now listing regular for 21.5 cents a gallon and ethyl for 23. The independent stations reportedly are selling regular at about 20 cents a gallon.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Ald. Dick Stulir says having policemen deliver minutes of council meetings to the city's 14 aldermen would be a great public relations gesture. Aldermen now must pick up the minutes at City Hall.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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