Day in history for July 10, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Charles A. Jarvis has purchased an interest from Bellows And Taylor in the Bellows House, Rock Island. The rates are now $2 a day.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The 1900 school census of Rock Island reveals the population of the city is at least 23,796 persons.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Leon F. Robinson, 54, Rock Island, drowned after being struck by lightning while fishing at Webster, Wis.

1950 -- 50 years ago
``All of a sudden that hay said `Boof' and there were flames everywhere, just like someone had poured gasoline on it.'' That's how Mrs. Jennie Redman described the explosive suddenness with which fire swept through the large barn where she and her husband, Emil, were milking cows yesterday morning. The fire, believed to have started spontaneously, in baled hay, destroyed the 60-by-60-foot barn, a tool shed and chicken house on the Redman farm, located 2 miles east and 1 1/2 miles south of Sherrard. Eleven-hundred roll bales of hay were burned, and tools and farm equipment ruined.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Don Aitken, 13, of Moline, wanted to be taller so he made himself a pair of elevator shoes that raise him a story off the ground. Don, a ninth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, says his stilts ``are the tallest stilts in Moline, and probably in the Quad-Cities.'' Built of 2-by-2's the 10-foot stilts are ``hard to walk on but really neat, even when you fall!''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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