Day in history for May 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
John McGovern of Orion had a new buggy and harness stolen. The rig was valued at $350.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Passenger officials of trunk lines running out of Chicago are considering having church services on the trains.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Vedis Brooks, a senior at Rock Island High School, won first honors in the Big Eight stenographic contest.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A display of military, naval and air strength lasting all day will mark the Quad-Cities observance tomorrow of the first annual Armed Forces Day, proclaimed by President Truman to publicize unity among the three separate services. One of the features will be the appearance of a huge B-36 global bomber along with 40 other bombers, fighters and cargo carriers. Quad-Cities residents will be treated to the most impressive exhibition of aerial strength in many years when flights of bombers and fighter planes wing over the area.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Mississippi River slipped below flood stage today leaving behind cleanup work. Moline street department crews were out cleaning up River Drive and removing portions of the earthen dike constructed along the street from 52nd to 55th streets. In figures released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it was estimated that the emergency levee prevented an additional $80,000 in flood damage in Moline.

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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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