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: 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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