Day in history for June 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Major Barrett, proprietor of the Rock Island House, has bought the row of tenements on the south side of Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) known as Doty's Row. He has removed the old buildings and converted the ground into a lumber yard.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The retrial of one of the murderers of Rock Island Policeman Rosenfield was held in Cambridge this week. A jury there also found the man guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

1904 -- 100 years ago
So many people are going to the world's fair in St. Louis by steamboat that the Diamond Jo Line will add two more steamers to its runs.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. C.V. Golden, Cordova, was elected to her third term as chairman of the Rock Island County Home Bureau.

1954 -- 50 years ago
June Haver and Fred MacMurray Monday night achieved their goal, a quiet wedding after one of the most publicized of recent Hollywood romances. The film actress is a former Rock Island resident. They slipped away from the film capital for a double ring, civil ceremony at the picturesque Ojai Valley Inn.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The old McKinley School building in Silvis, owned by Bert Viscioni for use as a boxing gym, burned early this morning. Although the gym was saved, a wall caved in on Viscioni's $6,000 boxing ring, several pairs of expensive boxing gloves were lost, and a large curtain around the school's stage was destroyed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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