Day in history for June 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Sam Bretton, 6 years old, drowned while fishing in the Mississippi at Hampton.

1877 -- 125 years ago
An excursion of people from Canton came to Rock Island today, and 160 were served supper at the Harper House. The Argus was serenaded by the Canton Cornet Band.

1902 -- 100 years ago
H.P. Greenough resigned as superintendent of the Illinois division of the Illinois And Peoria Railroad to become superintendent of the Choctaw, Oklahoma And Texas Railroad.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Commander Richard E. Byrd said today he envisioned trans-Atlantic airplanes of the future as great multi-motored ships, with as many as 10 engines, so large that there may be two tiers of cabins in the wings.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The new $200,000 maternity floor of Moline Public Hospital will be open for inspection next Wednesday. There are five private rooms and nine semi-private rooms with the latest equipment for the care and comfort of new mothers. Prospective dads have a comfortable room which is connected with the delivery room via an inter-communication receiver so they can be informed of the birth when it is accomplished.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Gold-plated aldermanic badges, long a symbol of prestige and power in East Moline, are going the way of Wyatt Earp and covered wagons. Council members have decided to retire their western-style stars and replace them with laminated photo identification cards.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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