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: 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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