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Day in history for June 13, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Residents of Port Byron will celebrate the battle of Bunker Hill with an excursion and picnic on the steamer Diamond Joe.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The first of a series of summer concerts was given at the Watch Tower Park in Rock Island by Albert Peterson's orchestra.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Standard Plumbing Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh leased the former Hill Furniture building in the 1600 block on 2nd Avenue, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Sammy made it. Sammy, a striped alley cat owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lesage, 1629 13th Street, Moline, evidently became worried when his owners began packing to move to Danville, Ill., last week, so he hopped into the moving van and went to sleep. His disappearance worried his owners, but after looking high and low for the cat, they finished packing and left. When the movers started unpacking the van in Danville, out jumped Sammy.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Tony Lasek, East Moline, spent the day avoiding black cats, walking around ladders and throwing salt over his shoulder. He noted his 13th birthday, Friday the 13th. ``The only thing unlucky for me about today is that my mom told me at age 13 I could quit having parties.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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