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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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