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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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