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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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