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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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