Day in history for May 25, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The two children of Mr. McElherne, Rock Island, were injured when struck by falling lumber. They were playing on a lumber pile.

1900 -- 100 years ago
All members of the anti-cigarette league are requested to be present at a meeting in First Methodist Church, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A.F. Parson, Rock Island, suffered a concussion of the brain and other injuries in an automobile accident.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A wild water fight between an irate Davenport property owner and several dozen Davenport high school students threatened to develop into an all-school melee before the arrival of police today noon. Dr. Raymond Hixson, 1126 Harrison St., who lives across the street from the high school, was knocked to the ground by a student. Several students were soaked with water from a garden hose in the hands of Dr. Hixson. Dr. Hixson told police he used the garden hose on the students after all other attempts to keep them off his lawn had failed.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A Quad-Cities ballet company has been formed, a first for the area. The Centennial Dance Theater will present its first dance program at St. Ambrose College. The company was formed in January and is under the direction of Lawrence Quell of Davenport and Linda Aldrich of East Moline. There are 23 dancers, ranging in age from 13 to 30.

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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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