Day in history for April 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed the New York House, a saloon and boarding house; Harris' row and Harris' old dwelling house in Rock Island. Cropper row adjoining also was damaged considerably.

1900 -- 100 years ago
J.T. Noftsker, Rock Island, was elected delegate to represent the city at the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The residence of Henry Hutchinson, 915 15th St., Rock Island, was struck by lightning during an electrical storm.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Six Hollywood stars, including four from the cast of the Republic Pictures trucolor production, ``Rock Island Trail,'' have promised to be in the Quad-Cities next Thursday when the world premiere of the motion picture depicting the early days of the Rock Island Lines is scheduled. Adele Mara, Adrian Booth, Bruce Cabot, Forrest Tucker, John Wayne and Roy Rogers plan to be present.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An illustration by Richard Ledbetter, a student at Alleman High School, Rock Island, was named best of show in the high school division of the 5th annual art show and exhibit sponsored by the Quad-Cities chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. In the college division, an illustration by Kevin L. Seward of St. Ambrose won best of show award.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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