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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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