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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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