Day in history for June 7, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
George Lamont and W.S. George have opened a boarding and sale stable at Wright's old stand on the levee in Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School graduated a class of 36 students.

1925 -- 75 years ago
W.J. Quinlan purchased the Rock Island-Davenport ferry from Capt. Marcus L. Henderson, who will retire.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's milk sanitation program has been rated 93.03 out of a possible 100 percent as a result of a joint state aid federal survey conducted in May, William R. March, city health officer, was informed today. The city's milk program was complimented by Dr. Roland R. Cross, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The survey indicates Rock Island's milk supply has improved considerably over previous ratings.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Governor Daniel Walker reiterated that the East Moline State Hospital would not be closed, citing $81,000 in improvements under way. Walker said a $55,000 fire-alarm system and a $26,000 emergency generator are near completion. ``I recall visiting the hospital last year and telling workers and employees that we are not closing the hospital, and we are not.'' Walker said, ``My chief concern is upgrading the facility.''

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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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