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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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