Day in history for September 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday afternoon, a little past 4, a Mr. Brooks rode in a balloon over the twin-cities, descending in about a half hour on the prairie back of Davenport. Nearly 3,000 persons watched the exhibition.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''Deception,'' a society play by the Piercy combination, was the attraction at the Harper Theater tonight.

1905 -- 100 years ago
By remodeling the former dining room on the second floor of the Rock Island House, the establishment has been provided with a fine ballroom.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Amateur League football season opened at Douglas Park with two games.

1955 -- 50 years ago
All employees at East Moline State Hospital will go on a 40-hour week beginning Saturday, it was announced this morning by Dr. Armin H. Wolff, superintendent of the hospital. Those affected most by the change will be the attendants and student nurses who had been on a 48-hour schedule.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When Ray Michael drives his car through Bettendorf, people stop and stare. Michael and a handful of his 14 employees at the Michael Co. began building prototypes about three years ago until they finished their latest, and ''best,'' electric model last month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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