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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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