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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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