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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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