Day in history for July 28, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We notice that the trestle work on which will be raised the last span of the great railroad bridge is being placed in the river, preparatory to raising that structure. The work is framed and lies on the track on the island. The present low stage of water is a favorable time to raise it.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A movement is on foot to improve the Watch Tower and to erect a hotel.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The boys of the 6th regiment arrived home from Camp Lincoln this morning. Company K of Kewanee won the regimental meet by but one point.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The fall finance drive of the Rock Island Visiting Nurse Assn. will begin the week of Oct. 9, according to plans made at a special board meeting yesterday at the offices of the association.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The 37th annual ''Big Hike'' of the Black Hawk Hiking Club will start Thursday at 5 a.m. from the Hauberg home, Rock Island. Charles Pierce, club president, will be leader.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Tombstones stacked along the road at the East Moline Correctional Center soon will be placed back in the cemetery from which they were removed. Center inmates are landscaping the cemetery, where nearly 400 persons who died while residents of the former East Moline Mental Health Center are buried.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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