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: 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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