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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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