Day in history for May 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Among the new books at Rock Island Public Library are ``Lorna Doone,'' ``Canterbury Tales'' and ``Count of Monte Cristo.''

1900 -- 100 years ago
B.E. Robb of Rock Island narrowly escaped death when he attempted to cross the tracks in front of an oncoming passenger train.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The street car operators have voted to strike unless Tri-City Railway Co. grants a new wage and working agreement. The present rate is 58 1/2 cents.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island has received special recognition in the national pedestrian protection contest sponsored in 1949 by the American Automobile Association, according to a communication received today in the office of Mayor Melvin L. McKay. Lou E. Holland, A.A.A. president, commends the city for its safety record last year when Rock Island had no pedestrians killed on city streets. The only traffic fatality resulted from a motorcycle stunting mishap.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Bill Allee from East Moline will be making his third appearance at the NAIA national tennis tournament in Kansas City. He and Ken Siebold will be the ``veterans'' as Augustana College makes its second straight appearance in the national event. The Vikings advance on the basis of their NAIA district 20 victory.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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