Day in history for June 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A 60x40 foot barn owned by William Johnston of Preemption was struck by lightning and burned. Several hogs and a quantity of produce were lost.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Robert G. Young resigned as superintendent of Rock Island schools to accept a similar position at Butte, Montana.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Diplomas were presented to 162 graduates of Rock Island High School at exercises conducted at Augustana gymnasium.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Not exactly the eighth wonder of the world, but certainly interesting to see are three large heads carved in a clay bank northeast of East Moline State Hospital on the old Joslin Road. They are the work of one of the hospital patients. From a distance they strike the observer as being a pint-sized version of Mount Rushmore. Not content with merely hewing the faces out of the native clay, the artist went so far as to color cheeks and lips with powdered red sandstone.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Massive gasoline shortages will crop up by July 1 as a result of manipulation by oil companies, and gasoline prices will rise. Robert Jacobs, executive director of the Illinois-Indiana Gasoline Dealers Association, urged people planning long auto trips to change their plans, saying they could end up paying $1.25 a gallon for gas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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