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: 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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