Day in history for June 11, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
W.G. Schoot, George Cooper and John Carlstedt of Dimock, Gould And Co.'s mill have built a handsome little side-wheel pleasure boat which they have christened the ``Ida.'' It is not intended to accommodate parties numbering more than two people.

1900 -- 100 years ago
W.W. Clarke, Rock Island, was appointed justice of the peace to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice David Hawes.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Raymond W. Criswell was elected president of the Rock Island School Alumni Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
One of the largest turnouts of voters for a special referendum election in Rock Island's history is expected tomorrow when citizens ballot on proposals to increase police and fire protection tax levies by $232,559.15. Interest in tomorrow's referendum has been heightened by a recommendation of a tax analyst, sponsored by the Rock Island County Taxpayers Association, for the defeat of the tax increases, and by counter charges of city officials that the additional funds urgently are needed.

1975 -- 25 years ago
President Ford invited directors and officers of the American Newspaper Publishers Association to a luncheon at the White House. Among those attending was Len H. Small, president of The Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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