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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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