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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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