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: 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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