Day in history for May 28, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Wright and Harris have opened a shop on Eagle Street. They are prepared for gas fitting, bell hanging, lock smithing and general jobbing.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Milan road is being macadamized as far as the fair grounds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The temperature dropped to 36 degrees last night and there was a light frost.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Gerald H. Falder was the only new director named at the meeting of the Rock Island YMCA last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Bill Claerhout, first Moline High School athlete ever to win a state high school swimming title, has been honored by being selected to the Interscholastic All-American swimming team. Claerhout was the only double winner in the Illinois swimming meet last winter, capturing state titles in both 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Fifty years ago Moline-born Richard Johnson graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's degree in history and a dream. He had a yearning to see foreign lands and an interest in U.S. foreign policy. For 26 years he lived that dream as a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, becoming the first Augie alumnus to earn that distinction. In March, Johnson, 72, donated his personal papers and documents to Augie's Denkmann Memorial Library.

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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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