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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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