Day in history for May 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
It has been decided to remove the old 40-foot, 2-story brick building on the Rock Island House property.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The official board of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island, voted to recommend the Rev. Henry Pearce Atkins for the pastorate of the church.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island county veterans are boosting Judge Ben D. Farrar for state commander of the Disabled American Veterans of the World War.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Davenport has a population of 73,476, according to unofficial figures announced today by P.J. Cerretti, census supervisor for the first Iowa district. The figures show an increase of 7,437, or 11.5 per cent, over the population total of 66,039 given for Davenport following the 1940 census. The population of the greater Davenport area, including suburban districts, is estimated at 80,000 by the census supervisor.

1975 -- 25 years ago
For the second time in as many years, Geneseo is being televised for inclusion in an American documentary to be viewed in Europe. Jean Lafevre, a representative of French Broadcasting in the U.S., and a film crew shot scenes and locales, which may be part of a film, to be shown over French TV during President Ford's visit to Europe next month. Speaking of Geneseo, Lafevre said, ``I think it is truly American.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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