Day in history for May 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The 42-car Howe circus performed in Rock Island before a crowd of 6,000 persons.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Mary E. Mulcahey, deputy supreme oracle of the Royal Neighbors of America, has returned to Rock Island after organizing a camp at Sandwich, Ill.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Workers in the Rock Island Rescue Mission campaign are nearing their goal with more than $4,000 of the $6,500 budget subscribed.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A petition by residents of Milan for annexation to the Rock Island school district was tabled by the latter board of education at a special meeting last night, and it was indicated that the proposal may be put to a public vote for final decision.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The bankrupt Rock Island Lines reported first quarter losses of $18.9 million, more than twice the $9.3 million loss reported for the same period last year. The railroad's revenue fell to $82.9 million from $90.1 million last year. The loss could have been higher, railroad observers claim, except the Rock Island has been somewhat successful in trimming its operating expenses.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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