Day in history for April 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Chief Engineer Stoddard of the fire department has made arrangements for ringing one of the church bells so that our citizen may know when there is a fire in the city.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The voting place at the corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street was destroyed by fire early this morning.

1908 -- 100 years ago
President George E. MacLean of the State University of Iowa has accepted the invitation to speak at commencement exercises of Rock Island High School June 5.

1933 -- 75 years ago
High school boys and girls of Rock Island and its trading territory are offered an opportunity to compete in a contest sponsored by The Argus and 57 retail merchants and business firms of the city. Prizes will be free trips to the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.

1958 -- 50 years ago
First Lt. Donald M. Wittevrongel, is one of 40 nominees for the new Koren Kolligian Trophy Air Force flying safety award to be presented annually to the pilot or aircrew member who most successfully coped with an in-flight emergency during the year.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are looking for a couple of burglars with a fetish for cleanliness, or maybe one very strong thief. Steven J. Scott said he had a 300-pound, cast-iron tub in his garage and persons or person unknown took the tub.

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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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