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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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