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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  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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