Day in history for May 30, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
There have been 144 arrests in Rock Island over the past three months. The largest number, 31, were for drunk and disorderly conduct.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A school of instruction for Rock Island census enumerators was held in the Carse building, E.B. McKown acting as chairman.

1925 -- 75 years ago
P.H. Wright, a Rock Island furniture dealer, escaped serious injury when he was hurled through the windshield of his truck after a wheel fell off.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Twenty years ago Joseph V. Rook of Coal Valley heard of an accident in Davenport where a woman driver nearly ran down a pedestrian because she stepped on the gas instead of the brake. Mr. Rook, who has been a mechanic at the John Deere Wagon Works in Moline the past 43 years, thought about that and finally came up with an invention. Brake and accelerator are replaced by a single pedal. To feed gas to the engine, you let up on the brake.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Lightning struck the top of the steeple on the 84-year-old First United Methodist Church, 5th Avenue, Rock Island, and the resulting blaze caused damage estimated at $5,000 to the structure. The Rev. John W. Collins, pastor, said the steeple will have to be removed because of the extensive damage. Whether it will be replaced will be up to the church's board.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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