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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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