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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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