Day in history for June 3, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
J.D. Taylor was awarded the contract for building the Robinson Block at the corner of Washington and Illinois on the site of the old City Hotel in Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Miss Stella Bollman was elected president and Mrs. Orrin Leonard vice president of the Aiken Street Christian Endeavor Society.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Fifty-four Augustana graduates received degrees at the commencement exercises.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A search by Dr. B.J. Palmer for an elephant skeleton, which consumed many years and took him over much of the globe, ended yesterday in Davenport. The carcass of a 6-ton pachyderm was presented to Dr. Palmer by Jack Mills, head of the Mills Bros. Circus, which gave two performances in Davenport yesterday. The elephant died unexpectedly of complications which set in after a tooth had been pulled yesterday.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Damage from fire, heat and smoke early Sunday at the Elks Lodge 980 building, 220 19th St., Rock Island, is roughly estimated at $100,000, Howard F. DeMay, exalted ruler, said today. Two of the nine Elks members residing on the third floor of the building died of smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze, which was confined to the first floor and staircase.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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