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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