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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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