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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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