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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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