Day in history for June 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The privileges of the ``better half'' were illustrated in the county court in Perry County, Iowa, when there were 22 applicants for divorce in one day. Seventeen were accepted.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The river was very high and flood conditions prevailed in Rock Island. The sum of $1,023 was collected as a relief fund. Many families were homeless and in great need.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The city council inspected the newly erected bridge over the Rock River. It was decided to allow the bridge company $15,000 on the work.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An indictment charging Frank Foster, Chicago gunman under arrest in Los Angeles, with the murder of Alfred ``Jake'' Lingle, Chicago newspaperman, was returned by the grand jury.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The city of Rock Island is ready to meet a price of $56,000 for an off-street parking site on the northeast corner of 2nd Avenue and 19th Street.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Geifman Food Stores of Davenport signed a contract Friday to purchase the former site of Downing's Dairy in Rock Island. The site, located at 24th Street and 23rd Avenue, has been the subject of a zoning controversy since last October.

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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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