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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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