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: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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