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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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