Day in history for May 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A burglar ransacked the residence of Miss Crawford on Highland Street, Rock Island, although nothing of value was taken.

1900 -- 100 years ago
It is rumored that the Rock Island Lines will build a roundhouse at the recently purchased switch yards at the eastern limits of Moline.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Emil F. Bergren was elected president of the Rock Island high school parent-teacher association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Patricia Janssens, 14, daughter of Detective Sergeant and Mrs. Elmer J. Janssens, Rock Island, was honored as the ``policewoman of tomorrow'' at the 2nd annual convention of the Illinois Policewoman's Association which concluded during the weekend at Chicago. The Rock Island girl, who states she wants to be a policewoman, shared honors at the convention with Mrs. Anna Loucks, 79, Chicago, the oldest living policewoman in Illinois.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An explosion ripped through the International Multifood Corp. elevator in Davenport shortly after noon today. An undetermined number of people were injured. A helicopter was used to rescue two men from the roof of the 300 to 400 foot high elevator. People at the scene said glass, concrete and steel sprayed the area around the six elevators. Windows in nearby buildings were blown out.

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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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