Day in history for July 11, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The annual school report shows a total of 1,882 pupils enrolled in Rock Island schools. The salary of J.F. Everett, superintendent, is $1,600 a year.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The foundation for the new school at 14th Avenue and 37th Street, Rock Island, has been laid.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island probably will be chosen as the site for the 1928 encampment of the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The theory that the gas odor which caused alarm among hundreds of Quad-Citians early Sunday morning was caused by a gas odorant spilled from a broken drum on a truck was confirmed today. A spokesman for the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. said it has been established that one of two 55-gallon drums of ``pentalarm'' shipped by the Chicago branch of the Sharples Chemical Co. to a utility company in western Iowa arrived empty.

1975 -- 25 years ago
People may say they're nuts, but that doesn't stop the Larry Dickinson family in East Moline from keeping a pet squirrel in their living room. The Dickinsons adopted a baby squirrel seven weeks ago when it was abandoned after a storm. Now ``D.J. Cyrus'' lives in a cozy cage in the family living room. Mrs. Dickinson says, ``When the kids wanted to keep the squirrel, we made a deal: the four snakes would have to go. Now that's a bargain!''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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