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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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