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: 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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