Day in history for June 14, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A lightning bolt caused damage totaling $6,000 to the farm of James H. Paddleford, east of Cleveland in Henry County. The resulting fire destroyed his barn and five valuable horses.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. W.H. Gest was elected president of the Mission Kindergarten Association at the annual meeting of the group.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Morris S. Heagy was elected president of the Rock Island Clearing House Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The face and hands of the 85-year-old clock in the Clock Tower Building on Rock Island Arsenal will be repainted this summer, the district office of the U.S. Engineers said today. Engineers asked for bids today on repainting the clock and doors and window frames in the building and in the adjacent motor shop.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Rona Black, Rock Island, roller-skated down the wedding aisle. So did the bridegroom, Richard McConnell, Hillsdale, and the entire wedding party. Rona and Richard decided to be married in a roller-skating wedding because it was something different and because both are avid skaters. ``I called just about every minister in town,'' said Rona. ``Most of them said that a wedding should be performed in the church, not the roller rink.'' They were married by Rev. George Loveland, Moline, at Skateland in East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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