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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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