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: 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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