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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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