Day in history for May 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Temperance societies are being formed in every part of Illinois. These political-moral alliances will introduce a disturbing element into elections for perhaps decades to come.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Moline police have moved into new quarters over Morris' Bakery.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's Mayor George Washington McCaskrin has changed his plans. Instead of running for governor, he has announced himself as a candidate for the legislature.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Miss Peggy Montgomery, film actress, arrived for a visit with her parents in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An inventory was being taken today to determine the extent of the loss of the P.R. Swanson And Sons Case Implement establishment, Woodhull, which was gutted by a fire of mysterious origin at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The establishment is operated by Mr. Swanson and his sons, Leo and Ray.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Union and city officials announced the beginning of a study that could result in construction of a $10 million residential complex in downtown Rock Island. The project, including 108 apartments, 20 townhouses, tennis courts and a revolving rooftop restaurant, is being sponsored by Carpenters' Union Local 166. Plans call for the complex to be built between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and between 19th and 20th Streets, across the street from an area being eyed by Carson Pirie Scott And Co. for a department store.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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