Day in history for August 28, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The finest lot of pears we ever have seen in Rock Island is to be found at Deyo's fruit and vegetable store opposite the City Hotel.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The band concert in Union Square last night was a most enjoyable affair.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The work of paving 7th Avenue from 38th Street east to the city limits is rapidly completed. The avenue is the first in Rock Island to be made a boulevard, and the result is being watched with interest.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, returned from a seven-week trip to Japan cities as a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew pilgrimage party.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Islanders are paying much more then they realize, according to figures released by the Tax Foundation. In Rock Island, where the gross income averaged $7,500 per family, the net earnings after income taxes was $6,286. But the total tax bite, including hidden taxes, averaged $2,530 per family.

1982 -- 25 years ago
It started seven years ago with only two name entertainers, a crowd of about 10,000 and a group of civic-minded residents feeling their way along. This year, the Silvis Country Music Festival will feature five big-name country acts and is expected to draw 30,000 fans.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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