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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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