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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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