Day in history for June 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Charley Chapin, clerk of Wadsworth And Parson's store, Rock Island, nearly lost his life when his skiff capsized in the river.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The candidacy of George F. Roth for the Rock Island School Board was announced.

1925 -- 75 years ago
P.J. Colligan, a native of Rock Island, has been appointed superintendent of the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines succeeding Samuel W. Mullinix, who died.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Leo Paul Tallman, who lives on Colona Avenue, near the WHBF radio towers, was surprised this morning while operating her television set, when the test pattern from station WCBS, New York City, came in clearly on channel 2 without changing her aerial. She said her set regularly brings in programs clearly from Philadelphia, Houston and San Antonio, Texas, Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The pathology laboratory at Moline Public Hospital, under the direction of Dr. N.T. Braatelien, was awarded a certificate of accreditation this week by the College of American Pathologists. The laboratory successfully met the college's standards of laboratory performance and the criteria of an intensive on-site inspection by the examiner of the college.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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