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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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