Day in history for July 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The boy mentioned yesterday as being injured proves to be a girl. Her injuries were not as great as reported, she having been only slightly injured.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The firm of Schermer and Greve has been awarded the contract for painting the toll houses on Rock River bridges. They will do the job for $850.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Burglars entered the post office in Silvis last night and stole about $75 in stamps and cash.

1933 -- 75 years ago
According to word from the floriculture division of the agricultural college at the University of Illinois, Rock Island and western Illinois home owners who have taken the hose and gone to the rescue of their lawns during the current drought will need to apply the equivalent of a half inch of rain each two weeks to keep the grass in good condition.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Workmen today were busy in some sections of the Quad-City area cleaning up limbs from streets and repairing utility wires after thunderstorms yesterday. Most of the damage was caused by wind and lightning. Rural areas also were hit.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Unemployment in the Quad-Cities rose to 15.3 percent in June for 14.8 percent in May as factories shut down and young people entering the work force failed to find jobs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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