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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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