Day in history for June 29, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Edward Severns of Illinois City was killed in a collision of two trains at Chariton, Iowa.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Samuel R. VanSant, formerly of Rock Island, was nominated for governor of Minnesota on the Republican ticket.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Mildred Bragdon, formerly of Rock Island, won the state bobbed hair beauty contest.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Nat Cole, musician for the King Cole trio, sued a Rock Island hotel for $62,000 in damages, alleging he and his family had been denied quarters because they are colored. The suit was filed in U.S. District court. It alleged breach of contract to furnish accommodations, violation of the Illinois civil rights law and a breach of the common law. Named defendant is the Hoffman Hotel Co., owner of the Fort Armstrong Hotel. The suit states Cole; his wife, Maria, and daughter, Carroll, and members of their party were denied accommodations on June 22 when they presented confirmation of reservations for his 2-week stand in Rock Island.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers at McCabe's Department Store in Rock Island will get a very pleasant ``history lesson'' for the next year as they browse the store's main floor. The store is featuring 19 different Revolutionary flags painted by Helen Kaiser of McCabe's advertising department and mounted on 52 panels of the store's main floor.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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