Day in history for August 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A considerable number of enterprising and intelligent men have recently removed from Davenport and taken up their residence in Rock Island, in consequence of the more liberal laws of our state.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The corn crop has been much improved in some localities by the recent rains.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Clarence Yohe, Fred McKinley and William Behn were fined $1 and costs each today by Justice G. Albert Johnson. They were arrested on complaint of Henry Nixon, of South Rock Island, who charged the lads with stealing watermelons from his farm.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Fire of mysterious origin destroyed the plant of the Hillsdale Post last evening.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One disaster after another seemed to follow the 26 Rock Island youths on their 4,800 miles motor hike to the eastern states and Canada. During most of the trip, which was sponsored by the Rock Island YMCA, the youths were just one jump ahead of the disastrous floods on the east coast.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A move is afoot to save the 77-year-old Rock Island Lines station at 5th Ave. and 30th St. The stone and brick station is up for sale and some offers to buy it have been received.

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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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