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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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